RHP Nick Blackburn signs 4-year deal

Updated: March 7, 2010, 2:50 PM ET
Associated Press

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Minnesota Twins have signed pitcher Nick Blackburn to a four-year, $14 million contract. The deal includes an $8 million club option for 2014.

Last season, Blackburn went 11-11 for the second straight year then started in the division series when the New York Yankees won 4-3 in 11 innings.

He finished the year with a 4.30 ERA. He led the club in innings pitched and was second in wins.

He was drafted by the Twins in the 29th round of the 2001 draft.

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