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Former Braves, Red Sox reliever Anthony Varvaro becomes a police officer

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Remember Anthony Varvaro? Braves fans probably do. The righty reliever appeared in 153 games between 2011 and 2014, posting a  126 ERA+ in those seasons.

Following the 2014 seasons he was traded to the Red Sox, where he appeared in only nine games before being waived a month into the season and claimed by the Cubs. Who, in turn, returned him to the Red Sox after an MRI revealed that he had a torn flexor tendon in his pitching elbow. He’d gut through a few more minor league games in 2015 and 2016, but that was it for his career. He retired this past June.

But his second career is just getting underway. The police department for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced over the weekend that Varvaro, who is from Staten Island, was one of 80 officers in its 2016 training class. The Port Authority police force, which consists of over 1,700 officers, patrols the trains, subways, seaports, airports in the New York area.

It stinks that his shoulder didn’t cooperate with his pitching career, but it’s nice to see someone find something to fall back on.

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.