Kevin Cash retires, takes scouting job with Blue Jays

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From Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe comes word that veteran catcher Kevin Cash has decided to hang up his cleats for good and accept a job as a major league advance scout with the Blue Jays.

Cash, 34, played for the Jays, Rays, Red Sox, Yankees and Astros during an eight-year major league career, tallying 117 hits and 12 home runs in 714 plate appearances. He was a .245/.330/.409 career hitter in the minor leagues and a .183/.248/.278 career hitter in the bigs.

Cafardo says Cash is “one of those guys you always thought would wind up being a major league manager,” so that’s something to keep in mind for the future. For now, he’ll chart and monitor Toronto’s opponents.

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.