Picture of the Day: Bobby Valentine visits David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic

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We learned earlier today that new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was scheduled to travel to the Dominican Republic this weekend to participate in David Ortiz’s charity golf tournament. Oh, and to help in the recruiting process to retain the veteran slugger. Well, according to a picture posted to Ortiz’s Twitter account, the wooing is already underway:

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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.