Gleeman: Farewell, Glen Perkins

From SABR member Aaron Gleeman at Baseball Prospectus on January 24, 2018:

[In October] the Twins announced that they would not be picking up their $6.5 million option on left-hander Glen Perkins for 2018, making him a free agent after 14 years in the organization. It was an expected move, and in fact Perkins and his teammates got very emotional during his final appearance of this season precisely because everyone seemed to recognize the writing on the wall.

Perkins hasn’t been healthy since late 2015, which was his third of three straight All-Star seasons and his fifth consecutive season as an elite-level reliever. He struggled down the stretch that year and logged a grand total of just 7 2/3 innings in the two seasons since, spending much of that time rehabbing from a torn shoulder labrum.

I’m biased when it comes to Glen Perkins.

For one thing, we’re both Minnesotans, although there’s more to it than that. He starred for the University of Minnesota baseball team in the early 2000s while I was on the same campus, uh, not starring for the journalism school.

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Originally published: January 24, 2018. Last Updated: January 24, 2018.