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Andrew Benintendi tops Keith Law’s top-100 prospect list

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ESPN’s Keith Law has been publishing his annual Top-100 Prospects list this week in installments. Now all 100 are up. Red Sox outfielder  Andrew Benintendi is #1.

Both Benintendi and number two on the list, Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson, are familiar names now. The former would not be eligible for the list anymore if he had not sustained an injury late in the year that kept him from reaching the requisite number of games played. The latter was a single game shy of the mark. This will obviously be their last go-arounds (goes around? I dunno) on the list.

For the other 98 you have to check out Law’s posts. As with his farm system rankings, it’s ESPN Insider only.

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.