Greg Holland is still the Royals’ closer

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In a week where some closers have either lost their job are look like they’re about to, Greg Holland has dodged a bullet so far. Dick Kaegel of MLB.com reports:

“Holland’s our closer,” Yost said … in his first three appearances, Holland was charged with four runs on four hits and four walks in two innings. In his lone save, at Chicago, he had to wiggle out of a self-inflicted two-on jam.

“He’s just been kind of a slow starter — he was last year, too,” Yost said. “Once he gets his feet underneath him, he’s lights out. We’ll adjust it out.”

There are a lot of live arms in the Royals’ pen, including Kelvin Herrera, if Holland gets any shakier.

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.