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Twins sign closer Glen Perkins to contract extension

Mar 14, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT

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Glen Perkins was already under team control through 2015, with a team option for 2016, but the Twins and their 31-year-old closer have agreed to an extension that runs through at least 2017.

Perkins is a Minnesota native who starred for the University of Minnesota and is very active in local charities (along with being a really good, fan-friendly follow on Twitter), so it’s no surprise that he wants to stick around long term.

As part of the reworked contract/extension Perkins will get $4.025 million this season, $4.65 million in 2015, $6.3 million in 2016, and $6.5 million in 2017, with a $6.5 million team option for 2018.

Perkins has established himself as one of baseball’s best left-handed relievers since moving to the bullpen full time in 2011, posting a 2.45 ERA and 220 strikeouts in 195 innings during that time. Last season, in his first year as a full-time closer, he saved 36 games with a 2.30 ERA and 77/15 K/BB ratio in 63 innings while making his first All-Star team.

Helluva pitcher, helluva person, and helluva reasonable contract for the Twins.

  1. strictlythedanks - Mar 14, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Perks very deserving of it

  2. sknut - Mar 14, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    It’s quite amazing after the acrimony he and the Twins had a few years to see how much of a leader and important person part of the organization he has become. Good for Perkins and the Twins getting over that and having a long lasting relationship. He has become quite the fan favorite here.

  3. dluxxx - Mar 14, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Love it. Great to see them lock up my favorite Twin.

  4. happytwinsfan - Mar 14, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    with guys like nathan and paplebon getting 10 -12 million, this is a very team friendly contract. i hope it has a no trade clause.

  5. dillongeeescapeplan - Mar 15, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Nice job. Sucks he didn’t quite pan out as a starter, but at least he found his niche as a reliever (and a pretty good one at that). Smart guy too.

  6. ignath - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Best pitcher the Twins have in the lineup, even as a reliever/closer…glad they locked the hometown boy down to a nice, team-friendly contract!

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