The Cubs may sign Pedro. Why?

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According to the Chicago Tribune (and a bunch of other sources) the Cubs are scouting and seriously considering signing Pedro Martinez.

I love Pedro as much as the next guy, but why on Earth are the Cubs
doing this? Pedro’s career line is .134/.124/.258! There’s no way he
can solve the Cubs’ problems.

Wait, you say they want him to be a pitcher? No, that can’t be
right, because measured by ERA, they have the best starting pitching in
baseball right now. They don’t need him. Given that they’re 11th in the
NL in runs per game and sinking (they’ve been shutout or scored one run
ten times over the last 25 games), certainly their scouts are looking
at him for his bat, right?

Twins will not pick up Glen Perkins’ 2018 option

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The Twins have informed reliever Glen Perkins they will not pick up his 2018 club option worth $6.5 million, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. Instead, he will be paid $700,000 per his buyout clause.

Perkins, 34, has pitched a total of 7 2/3 innings over the last two seasons due to shoulder and biceps injuries. Bollinger adds that the two could come to terms on a minor league deal, but if they can’t reach an agreement, the lefty is likely to retire.

From 2011-15, Perkins emerged as one of the better relievers in baseball, making three All-Star teams. He compiled an aggregate 2.84 ERA with 340 strikeouts and 73 walks across 313 1/3 innings.