- Obama military strategy too weak for future security, panel reports
- Sen. Tom Coburn vows to slow down budget-busting bills ahead of recess
- Obama fantasizes about more executive power, signs new order on federal contractors
- Clintons call Klein, Halper, Kessler ‘a Hat Trick of despicable actors’: report
- Boehner accuses Obama of ‘legacy of lawlessness’
- Pro-marijuana group claims responsibility for Brooklyn Bridge flag swap
- Young adults shun Obamacare mostly due to cost: survey
- Stabbing attack on transgender girl, 15, was ‘bias motivated,’ police say
- LGBT adults still lean overwhelmingly toward Democratic Party
- Lawmakers rattled by Syria genocide horrors, call on Obama to act
Perkins, Twins reach 4-year deal for $22,175,000
Question of the Day
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - All-Star closer Glen Perkins didn’t exactly enhance his bargaining power when he told the Minnesota Twins he was eager to get a deal done that would enable him to stay at home.
Perkins got his wish Friday, agreeing to a four-year contract that guarantees him $22,175,000.
“I approached them because I wanted to be here,” Perkins said. “I wanted to make that clear, first and foremost, that I believe in what we’re doing here and I wanted to be a part of that. I’m thankful to them for even broaching the subject on something they weren’t required to do.”
Perkins had been due $4,975,000 this year and $3.75 million in 2015 under his previous deal, which included a $4.5 million team option for 2016 with a $300,000 buyout.
His new contract gives him $4,025,000 this year, $4.65 million in 2015, $6.3 million in 2016 and $6.5 million in 2017. The Twins have a $6.5 million option for 2018 with a $700,000 buyout.
“I wanted to be here. I grew up in Minnesota. There’s nowhere else that I’ve ever wanted to play,” Perkins said. “And so now, hopefully, this is something where I’ll get to play here for my whole career.”
The 31-year-old lefty converted 36 of 40 save chances last year and was 2-0 with a 2.30 ERA. He had 21 saves at the break and was selected for the AL All-Star team for the first time.
Perkins has a 28-17 career record with a 3.89 ERA and 54 saves.
“I’m excited about the commitment they made and look forward to rewarding them, like I did the last two years,” he said. “They gave me a chance in the bullpen a couple years ago and I rewarded them, and I look forward to doing that for the next four, maybe five years.”
Asked whether he might have taken a discount for his services, Perkins replied, “I’ll take a $22 million discount any day of the week. I want to be here, and that’s the most important thing. That’s more money than I need. It’s not about that. It’s about being here and being home.”
The Twins announced the deal while playing a pair of split-squad games. Perkins pitched a hitless inning as Minnesota and Baltimore tied at 2 in Fort Myers. Gardenhire guided the other split squad to a 7-3 win over the New York Yankees in Tampa.
“I’m excited for him,” Gardenhire said, adding with a laugh, “I think when the contract’s up, he’ll be in a wheelchair.”
Pretending to be what they're not only goes so far for politicians
- Inside the Ring: Israel surprised by Hamas tunnel network
- Army's 3-D printed bombs to create 'a whole new universe' of lethal capabilities
- Chicken pox outbreak puts illegal immigrant facility on lockdown
- CRUZ: A tale of two hospitals: One in Israel, one in Gaza
- GOP leaders delay border bill, leave Obama in control
- Israel surprised by Hamas tunnel network
- Report: 40% of weapons sent to Afghanistan are unaccounted for
- CIA admits improperly hacking Senate computers in search of Bush-era information
- Colorado poll shows women tuning out Democrats' 'war on women' strategy
- 3 African leaders cancel trip to U.S. over Ebola outbreak; Obama still plans summit
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world