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Twins sign Drew Stubbs to a minor league deal

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The Twins have signed outfielder Drew Stubbs to a minor league contract, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports.

Stubbs, 32, spent the 2016 season with the Braves, Rangers, and Orioles. He hit a combined .225/.330/.338 over 94 plate appearances in the majors.

Stubbs last hit above the league average in 2014 with the Rockies, but he’ll at least provide some outfield depth for Twins if he cracks the major league roster.

Report: Glen Perkins will retire from baseball

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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.