Jerry Dipoto may stay with the Diamondbacks after all

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When the Diamondbacks hired Kevin Towers as their new general manager last week the assumption was that interim general manager Jerry Dipoto would leave the organization after finishing runner-up in the interview process, but now it sounds like he may stick around.
Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Towers has asked Dipoto to remain with the team “in a significant capacity” and Dipoto is traveling with the Diamondbacks on their road trip to California as “a way for he and Towers to get to know each other better and to continue to discuss their baseball philosophies.”
Dipoto would have no trouble finding another prominent front office job elsewhere and will likely be in the mix for various GM openings this offseason, so staying in Arizona as the assistant to someone who was just signed to a multi-year deal would be somewhat surprising. Can’t blame Towers for trying, though.

Report: Glen Perkins will retire from baseball

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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.