Minnesota Twins reliever Glen Perkins will make his first ever All-Star appearance in the 2013 Midsummer Classic.
He will join teammate Joe Mauer, who fans voted in as the AL starting catcher, when the American League battles the National League for home-field advantage in the World Series in the 2013 All-Star Game in Citi Field. The Twins will send multiple representatives to the Midsummer Classic for the first time since 2010. However, Perkins days in Minnesota may be numbered with the trade deadline looming at the end of the month.
Perkins has enjoyed a breakout season this year. He posts a ridiculous 1.93 ERA, collecting 20 saves and 45 strikeouts on the season. The Twins’ closer has dominated hitters, holding opponents to a .470 OPS and a .213 OBS.
Being 30-years old, Perkins is in the prime of his career, making him a very attractive trade asset for contenders seeking help in the bullpen. The Twins currently sit in fourth place in the AL Central at 37-48, 10 games behind the first-place Detroit Tigers. With the Twins in rebuilding mode, the organization may look to move Perkins for some young prospects at the trade deadline.
Will the Twins trade Perkins? The left-hander has a bargain contract, making $2.5 million this year with salaries of $3.75 million in 2014, $3.75 million in 2015. His deal includes a team option for $4.25 million in 2016, with a buyout of $300,000. With just $10.3 million in guaranteed money in Perkins’ contract, the Twins may elect to keep their closer.
Rival general managers are skeptical that Twins GM Terry Ryan will move Perkins, who is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota. Still, the Twins may be wise to move him to improve their strong farm system. Perkins will turn 31 next season and the Twins are unlikely to contend for the playoffs for the next couple of years. Therefore, Perkins could be on the downside of his career when the Twins are back in contention.
Any team that seeks to swipe Perkins away from the Twins will have to be willing to deal top prospects.