FORT MYERS, Fla. The Minnesota Twins have signed reliever Glen Perkins to a three-year contract extension worth a guaranteed 10.3 million, the team announced Thursday. The contract also includes a club option for the 2016 season.
That means Perkins, who grew up in Stillwater, Minn., will be staying with his hometown team for the foreseeable future.
"I think the most important thing for me was taking care of my family, first and foremost, and getting that out of the way," Perkins said Thursday. "I think to be able to have that in the back of my mind, you worry about a lot of things. To know that I can, the clich, go out and pitch and not worry about anything else, I know where I'm going to be and what I'm going to be doing for the next three, four years. I think that's awesome."
Perkins, 29, signed a one-year, 1.55 million contract to avoid arbitration this offseason. The contract extension he signed Thursday will kick in for the 2013 season.