MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Left-hander Eddie Guardado and the Minnesota Twins agreed Friday to a two-year contract extension through 2002 that guarantees him a minimum of $5 million.
Guardado, 29, is making $875,000 this season, the option year of his previous contract. The new deal calls for salaries of $1.8 million in 2001 and 2002.
Minnesota has a $2.7 million team option for 2003 and must decide whether to exercise it within five days of the end of the 2002 World Series. If the Twins decline to exercise the option, it becomes Guardado's option at $1.4 million.
In addition, the contract has escalator clauses that would raise Guardado's salary if he's traded.
Guardado was 2-5 with a 4.50 ERA and two saves in 63 appearances last season. He was third on the club in games and averaged 9.37 strikeouts per nine innings.
''Eddie has been a valuable member of this team the past five years,'' general manager Terry Ryan said.
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