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, 31, 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.
Born in St. Paul, Perkins went to the University of Minnesota and was the Twins’ first-round draft pick in 2004.
BANGED-UP ATHLETICS — Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin will probably start the season on the disabled list instead of in the Oakland Athletics’ rotation. Parker has right forearm tightness and soreness and will be examined Monday by Dr. James Andrews. Griffin has a sore elbow and had an MRI in Scottsdale, Ariz.
AROUND THE LEAGUES — Outfielder Gregory Polanco, considered the Pittsburgh Pirates’ top prospect, was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis with right-handed reliever Duke Welker. … Brett Tomko, 40, agreed to a minor-league contract with the Kansas City Royals.