In the event you’re a read-at-work-only HBT reader, you may have missed some of the great work our Matthew Pouliot has been doing breaking down the available — and possibly available — talent, position-by-position, at the deadline. He still has the pitchers to go, but he’s got your position players covered like nobody’s business:
Check them out, and be sure to save the links someplace, because a great many of those guys are going to be available for waiver deadline deals through the month of August as well.
According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.
Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.
Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.