The Mariners announced on Tuesday that reliever Tom Wilhelmsen has been placed on waivers for the purpose of releasing him.
Wilhelmsen, 32, returned to the Mariners for a second time in June after opening the 2016 season with the Rangers. In 46 1/3 innings between both teams, the right-hander put up a disappointing 6.80 ERA and a 28/19 K/BB ratio.
Wilhelmsen saved 43 games in 2012-13 for the Mariners, but his ability to miss bats nosedived this past season and he has never been a maven of control.
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.