Glen Perkins is, naturally, drawing interest from several teams as the trade deadline nears. Relief pitching is almost always a focus of the deadline, and this year is no different. The Phillies’ Jonathan Papelbon, the Marlins’ Steve Cishek, and The White Sox’s Jesse Crain, along with Perkins, are drawing heavy interest at the deadline from teams who need help at the back end of their bullpen.
However, the Twins have apparently been reluctant to deal Perkins. He has a 1.82 ERA on the season to go along with 21 saves and 47 strikeouts in 34.2 innings pitched, and has been a left handed force out of the pen. A pitcher like this would fetch a big return for the struggling Twins, who sit at fourth place in the AL Central with a 39-53 record, 12 games out of first. The fact that he is signed until 2015 (with a 2016 club option) on a very team friendly deal only goes to increase his value even further.
While Perkins, an All Star for the first time in 2013, is obviously a valuable resource, it’s hard to see where a 30 year old relief pitcher fits in with a Twins team that desperately needs to rebuild. However, ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that the Cardinals, Dodgers, Braves, and Reds have been in contact with the Twins about Perkins, and have all been denied. For what it’s worth, these teams were also said to be checking on the health status of Jesse Crain.