AL Central Closers: Who is the king of the pen?

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4. Glen Perkins (Minnesota Twins)

Sep 16, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Glen Perkins (15) delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Target Field. The Twins won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Stats

Saves: 34, ERA: 3.65, WHIP: 1.18, Innings Pitched: 61.2, K/9: 9.6

The homegrown product of the Twins comes in at fourth in the rankings. He’s been the closer for the Twins for the last three years, but last year was his worst year in terms of ERA, WHIP and WAR. With that said, Perkins still managed 34 saves for the Twins.

The Twins are expected to finish last this year so save opportunities may be hard to come by. Perkins is also dealing with an oblique issue that could sideline him to start the season. This issue shouldn’t prevent him being the Twins closer for the rest of the year though.

There is a chance that come July, Perkins could be dealt but he’s still under a reasonably team friendly contract until the conclusion of the 2017 season, so the Twins would have to get more than enough in return.

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