Stat of the Day: Matt Kemp, Willie Mays, and Mickey Mantle

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Here’s a pretty incredible tidbit, courtesy of MLB’s official “Stat of the Day” feed on Twitter:

Matt Kemp is hitting .449 with 10 homers in 19 games, leading the league in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, hits, total bases, RBIs, runs, and probably several hundred other categories.

As a wise man once said: “Woah.”

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.