It was a month ago that a longtime scout, in a position of great influence, scanned rosters around Major League Baseball and reached a conclusion. "The guy everybody will want is [Glen] Perkins," he said, referring to the Twins left-handed closer.
Sure enough, teams are doing their due diligence, checking in with the Twins -- just in case they're open to the idea of trading him. And if Minnesota ever decides to market him, well, GM Terry Ryan will have a full-fledged bidding war on his hands, because there is so much to like about Perkins.
He's right in the prime of his career, having turned 30 years old in March.
He's throwing the ball extremely well, with an average fastball velocity of 95 mph. It never really worked for him as a starting pitcher, but as a reliever, he has settled in.
But beyond all that, there is his contract -- signed when Perkins was just beginning to establish himself in the Minnesota bullpen. Now, at a time when teams have considered Jonathan Papelbon, at $13 million annually, Perkins is an incredible bargain.