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Twins Reward Closer Glen Perkins with Four-Year Extension

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(FORT MYERS, Fla.) -- Coming off arguably the best season of his career, the Minnesota Twins have rewarded closer Glen Perkins with a four-year contract extension.

Perkins had let it be known he wanted to remain with the Twins long-term, and he's gotten his wish as he'll make over $22 million in guaranteed money during the course of his new deal.

"I approached them because I wanted to be here," Perkins said, referring to his desire to stay with the Twins. "I wanted to make that clear, first and foremost, that I believe in what we're doing here and I wanted to be a part of that. I'm thankful to them for even broaching the subject on something they weren't required to do."

The 31-year-old Perkins is entering his ninth season with the Twins, the only team he's played for during his Major League career.

In 2013, Perkins recorded a career-high 36 saves as well as a career-best 2.30 ERA.

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