Kelvim Escobar might retire

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Kelvim Escobar waxes philosophical:

The injured Mets reliever Kelvim Escobar said he was very confident
he can come back from shoulder soreness to play this season, and
hopefully very soon. But in the event he cannot, Escobar can live with
it. “I’m a very proud man,” he said. “I’ve had a decent career. Whatever happens, I’ll be happy. It’s in the air,” he said. “You never know. It’s been two years
since I pitched. But right now I’m working hard to come back as soon as
possible.”

If it is determined he needs surgery, Escobar said he would have it, as
long as the doctors tell him he could pitch again. But that would be
his last attempt.

Escobar had great stuff when he pitched. It’s a shame to see him get hit with so many injuries these past few years.

Twins will not pick up Glen Perkin’s 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.