Nats, Astros new spring training complex overrun with scavenging birds

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The Nationals and Astros will begin training in a brand new complex in Palm Beach County, Florida beginning in February. But there are already occupants on the site: birds. Hundreds of them. Trash-scavenging “fish crows” who hang around the site because it’s near a big landfill.

The story comes from Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, who has been providing updates on construction progress at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches (note: completion of the park is gonna really push up against the deadline). He spoke with a wildlife biologist who explains that the birds liked the flat ground near the landfill before construction and that, because these birds are go-with-the-flow types, they’ll likely remain common visitors to the place once people start eating a lot of smelly fried ballpark food there as well.

So, enjoy the new complex this spring, Nats and Astros fans. Just make sure you wear a hat and don’t look up with your mouth open all that much.

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.