The Rockies and Braves are talking about Martin Prado

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Troy Renck of the Denver Post hears that the Rockies are talking to the Braves about Martin Prado.

The idea, Renck says, would be to put Prado in at second base full time, which is something he can’t do in Atlanta anymore now that Dan Uggla is around.  The Rockies may be a good match for the Braves, what with their outfield depth and the Braves’ lack thereof.  Renck mentions Seth Smith as a possibility in return. Charlie Blackmon, a center field prospect could be another possibility.

Prado suffered a sharp decline in 2011 with the shift to left field and nagging injuries cutting into his production.  Still, he’s still young and has shown that, when he’s on, he has a nice bat which would look way better at second base than it does in left field.

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.