The Minnesota Twins parted ways with reliever Jared Burton this offseason, and it sounded like he had no trouble finding suitors. As the offseason drug on, many of his options appeared to be minor league contracts with Spring Training invites, and we now know he has a new home.
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Going from the Twins bullpen to Yankee Stadium, Burton has been signed on a minor league deal with the New York Yankees. The club’s twitter account announced the move this afternoon.
Burton was once an asset for the Twins acting as a setup man ahead of closer Glen Perkins. However, Jared Burton has slipped and last season pitched to the tune of a 4.36 ERA and an unimpressive 46/25 K/BB ratio. Casey Fien had wrestled the role away from him, and he became expendable to the Twins.
Now 33 years old, Jared Burton will enter Spring Training for the Yankees with a chance to make their bullpen. He will need to show a much improved level of command, with the ability to still get major league players out. Having shown regression each of the past two season, Burton appears to have an uphill battle ahead of him.