Today, the Minnesota Twins decided not to pick up the option for 2018 on LHP and former closer Glen Perkins. If the option was exercised, Perkins would earn $6.5 million. This makes him a free agent.
From his age 30 season to age 32 season (2013-15), Perkins was an all-star, and had over 30 saves each season, but then, the injury bug came. Perkins has pitched in just 7.2 innings since the start of 2016, and has allowed eight runs, all earned, in them. Shoulder surgery is the reason for this.
Perkins, 34, has a 3.88 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 120 saves and 504 strikeouts in 624.1 career innings, all for the Twins in 12 seasons. He\’s only walked 158 batters in that span.
The Stillwater, Minnesota native said he\’d be open to a minor league deal with his hometown team after his final performance on October 1st. Though he isn\’t expected to sign elsewhere, and could retire, Perkins could get a minor league deal anywhere and battle his way up the depth chart in one year.