Major League Baseball is built as much around the role of the closer as it is around the role of the starter. A team cannot be completely successful without good people performing great in both of those roles. While the Minnesota Twins might not have the strongest starting rotation in baseball, they do have one of the better closers in the game right now. Glen Perkins was on the list of every team that wanted a closer or good late reliever but the Twins didn’t listen to a single offer. It was the best thing they did this entire trade season.
We could focus on the fact that Justin Morneau is still with the team that so many figured he would leave but we won’t. We are going to talk about a guy that was the reverse. Many teams wanted to pay a lot for Perkins but the Twins didn’t budge an inch from their stance that he was not on the market. It was without question the right move. As important as the starting pitching role is, the closer role is more difficult to fill successfully. Of all of the good closers around the game, there are few that look like they were born to close baseball games and Perkins is one of those.
The Twins likely do plan to win eventually. Sometime in the next couple of years they probably figure to make a strong run at making the playoffs. Whenever that season comes calling they will have one of the key pieces to the winning puzzle already in place as long as they hold on to Perkins. He isn’t a free agent until the year 2016 so they definitely have a couple of years before they really need to think about moving him or signing him. If they have a great season before then, not trading him with be the best thing they ever did.