colt4523 wrote:Perkins still the man in Minnesota or are we looking at a platoon with Burton?
I have seen no indication that it would be a split closing job. Gardy is as traditional as they come and he's going to want one closer.
As a Perkins owner my only concern is that the Twins might try to trade him this summer since they will most likely be out of it and Perkins has been excellent since becoming a full time RP'er. He is locked in for 4 more cheap years so I think they would wait a couple of years before trading him but if a team dangled a very good pitching prospect it might make sense to deal him.
Such a strange career for Perkins. he was a local 1st rd pick that had a successful (on the surface) rookie season and then he almost pitched his way out of the org. I remember critical comments flying back and forth in the media between Perkins and the FO at one point. Then he became a RP'er and gained 4+ mph on his fastball, ditched his change and became very slider dependent. It just goes to show that you never give up on an arm.