Friday afternoon, the Minnesota Twins reportedly inked closer Glen Perkins to a four-year contract extension. Perkins was already locked up through 2015, but received a salary bump, and two extra guaranteed years. The 31-year-old lefty is slated to make just over $4 million in 2014 and 2015, over $6 million in 2016 and 2017, and now has an option for 2018 that would pay out $6.5 million.
Last season, Perkins’ first full campaign as Minnesota’s closer, was easily the best of his career. In 61 games and just under 63 innings, Perkins converted 36 of 40 save opportunities to the tune of a 2.30 ERA, 0.926 WHIP and 11.1 K/9.
Since beginning his career as a starter, Perkins has worked three full seasons in relief. In 196 relief appearances since 2011, he’s sported a 2.45 ERA through more than 194 innings. In the same time frame, Perkins carries a 1.063 WHIP, 10.2 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9.
Perkins has emerged as one of the best left-handed relievers in the game, and one of its most reliable closers. He’s developed a hard fastball since moving to shorter workloads in the bullpen, and carries a potentially unhittable slider.
With Perkins now locked up for the next four seasons at a relatively cheap price, the Twins continue to add to their busy and outstanding offseason. One of the most underrated relief throwers in MLB, Perkins will look to anchor Minnesota’s pen in a bounce-back 2014 season.