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Twins decline Burton's $3.6 million option

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The Minnesota Twins have declined the option on reliever Jared Burton's contract for next season.

In doing so, the Twins released Burton from their 40 man roster and made him a free agent.

Burton was frequently used out of the Twins bullpen in recent seasons. He served primarily as a late-inning setup man for Twins closer Glen Perkins.

According to 1500 ESPN, the move is expected to save the Twins about $3.4 million. The team chose to pay a $200,000 buyout instead of bringing the right-hander back next season for $3.6 million.

The Twins could attempt to re-sign Burton, but at 33-years-old, the team is more likely to try and fill the role with a less-expensive player.

According to Twins insider Aaron Gleeman, Burton could be the first of several players removed from the Twins 40-man roster.

"As one of baseball's worst teams for a fourth straight year the Twins have no shortage of dead weight on the 40-man roster, plus plenty of marginal talents clinging to spots."

Gleeman compiled a list of potential cuts the Twins could make to clear up space the roster.

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