Glen Perkins, a rare bright spot on the Minnesota Twins depth chart, is being rewarded for another successful season. After his second consistent season as a closer, Perkins has earned a $475K boost in his 2013 pay and an increase in his salary from $3.75 million to $3.9875 million for 2014.
Perkins has more than earned this chunk of change. Since joining the Twins in 2006, Perkins has only once finished a season below .500 (.462 in 2009). Not to mention, he has recorded an impressive 52 saves since officially taking over the closing spot after All-Star closer Joe Nathan was traded in 2012.
Perkins’ efforts have not only been rewarded financially in the 2013 season — he also earned himself a spot on the American League All-Star roster for the first time.
Luckily for Minnesota, their All-Star closer will be in their bullpen until 2015 (with a $300K buyout option in 2016). Though it is only in one spot, Perkins provides a much-needed consistency on the pitching front. As the Twins look to make major pitching additions for future seasons, Perkins’ experience in Minnesota will be helpful to pitching coach Rick Anderson as new players work to develop a comfort level with the organization.
Perkins is the type of player that the Twins should be looking to find more of for 2014. One of the few players in the current lineup who has consistently proved his worth, Perkins has a dedication to his team and performs his job on a nightly basis. Hopefully, rewarding Perkins will encourage other players to put their nose to the grindstone and improve their games.
Caroline Ponessa is a Minnesota Twins writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @RantCaroline