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Braves sign Eric O’Flaherty to a minor league deal

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The Braves have signed lefty reliever Eric O'Flaherty to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports.

O’Flaherty, 31, had a rough 2016 campaign. He logged only 28 2/3 innings and mustered a 6.91 ERA with a 22/11 K/BB ratio. The lefty underwent a season-ending cleanup procedure on his left elbow in August after having missed some time in June and July with a knee injury.

The Braves don’t have a ton of left-handed depth in the bullpen, so O’Flaherty has a decent¬†shot at making the 25-man roster if he has a solid spring showing.

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.