Perkins on the Trade Block?

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Following his one inning, eight run performance against the A’s in Oakland on Wednesday, Twins starter Glen Perkins made the statement that his shoulder has bothered him when he is warming up. On Thursday, he was scheduled to visit Dr. Lewis Yocum to get it checked out. LaVelle reports that Perkins was given medication for some slight tendinitis and will make his next scheduled start on Monday. I don’t think anyone with the Twins is terribly surprised that nothing is wrong with Perkins. You could hear it in Gardy’s voice after Wednesday’s game when he mentioned that Perkins had said his shoulder wasn’t right. And from reports I’m hearing from a couple of different places, many are not very happy at all that in Perkins two really bad starts, he has mentioned arm problems after the fact. 

In fact, I have been told that Perkins is definitely available to teams who are interested. One rumor I gathered was that the Twins and Mariners have had some talks surrounding a swap of lefties, Perkins heading to the west coast and Jarrod Washburn coming to the Twins. You recall a year ago, in August, the Twins put a claim on Washburn despite the $10 million that he is owed this season. Washburn supposedly would love to play for the Twins since he lives just to the east in Wisconsin. He has really come back in 2009 with a good year. With the Twins inconsistencies in the starting rotation, they could very well be interested in the veteran lefty. As much as a year ago, I had zero interest in Washburn coming to the Twins, this year is a different story. He has pitched well, and he becomes a free agent at the end of the season.  The Twins would like a scenario in which only the two players are exchanged and the Mariners continue to pay Washburn and the Twins pay Perkins. That is what happened in the Shannon Stewart trade. But the Mariners would like a second player in the deal. My guess is that talks will continue almost up to next Friday’s deadline.

Could Perkins be a key component to a potential trade with the Pirates for Freddy Sanchez or Matt Capps? The Twins clearly would not give up Francisco Liriano for Sanchez, but could Perkins be in play? With the Angels’ need for bullpen arms, could they be a possible match? Could a deal be worked out to bring the disappointing Howie Kendrick to the Twins? 

A big part of this is obviously the health of Kevin Slowey who will be making a rehab start in Rochester on Saturday night. If he can return to the Twins rotation, it makes dealing Perkins more possible. The team seems to be quite confident in Anthony Swarzak as a starting pitcher.     

The trade deadline is always an interesting time of the year. Rumors will be floating everywhere. It will be very interesting to see what, if anything, the Twins do.  Leave your comments here.


It was yet another tough road loss for the Twins. You know it’s a tough loss when Joe Nathan blows a save. That just never happens. Nathan has been absolutely incredible. He hadn’t blown a save or given up a run since May 15th. That’s two months. He was due. He just was not on at all in this game. He couldn’t control the fastball, and he can’t field his position. That is the story of the game.  I know. Everyone wants to continue to throw Jesse Crain under the bus. Well, it shouldn’t have got to that point. Scott Baker couldn’t pitch into the 6th inning again. That would be a good place to start the blame game. How about Denard Span getting thrown out trying to advance to third base in the top of the 9th? He made the third out at third base, with Justin Morneau about to bat. Gardy was irate, and he should have been. What if that would have been Alexi Casilla? Gardy may have gone out there and physically removed him from the game! I wonder if Span will be benched! Another bad loss, to be sure, but not one that can’t be overcome.


Thursday – Hitter of the Day – Danny Rams, Beloit Snappers

Thursday – Pitcher of the Day – Deolis Guerra, New Britain Rockcats


Thursday –Rochester 3, Pawtucket 5 (12 innings)  – This was a long game in preparation for a long drive. The Red Wings started the game with Philip Humber on the mound. He went six innings and gave up three runs on three hits. He walked four and struck out five. Tim Lahey threw two shutout innings. Rob Delaney gave up two hits but no runs in 1.1 innings. Sean Henn also gave up two hits in 1.1 scoreless innings. Juan Morillo gave up two runs on two hits and two walks in 2/3 of an inning. Jason Jones had to come in to get the final two outs. Jose Morales came in as a pinch hitter and went 2-2 with a walk. Trevor Plouffe was 2-6 with his 14th double. Matt Macri hit his 8th home run.   


Thursday – Game 1 – New Britain 1, Portland 0 – Deolis Guerra must have simply needed a change of scenery. How else can we explain just how well he has pitched against AA hitters after struggling for the last year and a half in the Florida State League. This game may have been Guerra’s best. He went all seven innings and didn’t allow a run. He gave up four hits, walked one and struck out 12! And it was all needed because the Rockcats managed just one run. Steve Singleton had another strong game. He went 3-3.  

Thursday – Game 2 – New Britain, Portland  – Postponed by Rain.     


Thursday – Ft. Myers 5, Tampa 6 – This simply was not a good game for the back end of the Miracle bullpen. Tyler Robertson was excellent. He gave up just one run on seven hits and a walk in eight innings. With a two run lead, Loek Van Mil came in for the ninth. He gave up a walk and a two run homer to tie the game. After the Miracle scored two runs in the top of the 10th, Blair Erickson came in for the bottom of the 10th. He gave up three runs on three hits and two walks, and didn’t record an out for the loss. Alexander Soto went 3-4. Estarlin de Los Santos went 2-5. Joe Benson was 1-3 with two walks, his second triple and his ninth stolen base.  


Thursday – Beloit 8, Cedar Rapids 7  Danny Rams continues to impress with the bat. On the day, he went 3-4 with his third and fourth doubles, his fourth homer and four RBI. Ramon Santana went 2-4 with his 20th double. Jonathan Waltenbury went 2-4. Angel Morales had the biggest hit, a grand slam, his eighth home run of the season. Dan Berlind made a very good start. He worked seven innings and gave up just two runs. He allowed five hits and a walk while striking out four. Steve Blevins came in to start the eighth and gave up four runs (3 earned) on two hits and a walk in 0.1 innings. Billy Bullock got the last two outs of the inning but not before giving up another unearned run and two hits. Matt Williams gave up two hits, but no runs, in the ninth inning for his 8th save.        


Thursday – Elizabethton 8, Princeton 5 Martire Garcia improved to 4-0 with this win. The lefty gave up four runs on five hits and a walk in just five innings. He struck out six. Tony Davis got the save with four innings of work. He gave up only an unearned run on four hits. He struck out five. Michael Gonzalez went 2-4 with a walk and his fourth homer. Tobias Streich went 2-5 with his seventh double and sixth home run. Herbert Lara was 2-4 with his first stolen base. Chris Herrmann hit his fifth home run.


Thursday –GCL Twins 2, GCL Rays 1 (10 innings) – If you’re looking for a pitching prospect to start watching, look no further than Adrian Salcedo. The 17 year old made the start in this game and gave up just one run on four hits and a walk in seven innings. He struck out eight and reduced his ERA to 1.04. Shooter Hunt came in for the eighth and pitched a 1-2-3 inning. He struck out one. Nelvin Fuentes struck out three in the final two innings for the win. Another 17 year old with huge potential is Oswaldo Arcia. The OF gave the Twins a win in this game with his 10th inning home run. It was his second of the season.    

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32 Responses to “Perkins on the Trade Block?”

  1. Jon July 24, 2009 at 6:46 am #

    Bottom line is the Twins need to make a trade if they want to make a serious run at the playoffs. No trade = No playoffs. The other point I would like to make is the Twins do half of it right – they develop great players internally. The other half they don’t do is bring in key free agents to fill in gaps. All the good teams do it and the Twins don’t – simple as that. With the payroll in the mid 60 million range it is disppointing with core that they have to not see them bring in missing peices.

  2. clyde July 24, 2009 at 7:57 am #

    Although the Twins deny it, I really believe that the Twins have one operating budget that includes major league payroll and minor league development. For example, when the payroll was near $85 million, the Twins take Ben Revere in the first round and he accepts $700,000. With the major league payroll down, the Twins are willing to offer Sano $3 million and, perhaps, go over slot to sign Gibson. I believe the plan over the past couple of years has been to rebuild the farm system. Being competetive in the division (the big Detroit trade hasn’t worked out) has been a bonus. That said, with the public paying for a new stadium, it seems disappointing that the Twins have not added any pieces to the their core players (Mauer, Morneau, Cuddyer, Kubel, Nathan) which would make them a stronger team long into the future. I think Delmon was an attempt to do that, but somebody got that wrong so far. This team needs to go out and get long term answers for their middle infield problems because there is not much in the farm system that will make a major impact in the next 2 – 3 years.

  3. Joe July 24, 2009 at 8:15 am #

    The draft philosophy seems to be backwards. I see a lot of teams draft college bats and high school pitchers. The Twins do it backwards. This causes guys like Adam Johnson Matt Moses and many others bust up the Twins farm system. I love the Gibson pick. However in the past 10 years the most successful pitcher drafted out of college by Minnesota would be Matt Garza. It remains to be seen if Carlos Gutierrez will ever amount. And Shooter Hunt is oh so far away from even being a starting pitcher again.

  4. roger July 24, 2009 at 8:23 am #

    Seth, have you noticed how often lately you have said, “another bad loss, but not one that can’t be overcome?”

    The problem is the number of bad losses are mounting and the cumulative affect is that the Twins are in trouble. Sure, they are only 2.5 games out and a little winning streak could put them in the lead. But the way they are playing doesn’t give anyone comfort that a winning streak is on the horizon.

    I also don’t want Mr. Smith to make a stupid move. Sure, they could use a great shortstop and #1 starter, perhaps someone like Garza and Bartlett, but the problems they have aren’t likely to be fixed at the trading deadline. If he does make a move it has to be part of an overall plan to make them a favorite in 2010.

    What do they need? They need a veteran #1 pitcher (kind of like Brad Radke was even though he wasn’t the best starter on the staff), they need a good middle infielder and they need a good short reliever. Three pieces to the big puzzle. They will have at least one starter (you mentioned Perkins), Delmon Young and a middle infielder (Casilla, Harris or Punto) and perhaps one prospect to use in a trade. But at least one part to the puzzle will have to come from the offseason free agent market. We also will need a third baseman next year, but with a great shortstop I will be comfortable with going with Danny Valencia…which is why getting him up here in Sept is so very important. have a great weekend Seth!

  5. PeterB July 24, 2009 at 8:57 am #

    Does anyone notice how Baker walks around the mound so much between pitches. A good pitcher steps back on the mound and focuses and gets ready for the next pitch. Every time he moves around like that he has to settle in again. Its like golfer running around the green before each putt. There is the wrong type of concentration there.

  6. jjswol July 24, 2009 at 9:00 am #

    Although I am not a big fan of Perkins, I would not trade him. I would park his butt in the bullpen where he should be an effective reliever. As for Liriano, I have no problem trading him to Pittsburgh along with a minor leaguer or two to get Sanchez and Capps. If the Twins want Washburn, they should be able to get him for a low price considering Seattle was trying to give him away last year, all the Twins have to do is take on his salary and send them a young prospect.

    I would much rather see the Twins get Sanchez to play 2B then to get Cabrera to play SS. Sanchez can help long term, Cabrera can’t.

    I have to agree with a previous blogger, the Twins need to make a deal or two, status quo could well mean a 3rd place finish. It would be nice to see the off season talk be about the Twins getting ready to defend their division title at Target Field versus how they can fill holes at 2B, SS, probably 3B, the bullpen, an additional starter, and what to do with their outfield situation. My Goodness Mr. Smith, you have work to do but I am not sure that you have proven to this point that you are up to the challenge. This coming week could be a defining point in Mr. Smith’s GM career.

  7. gobbledygookguy July 24, 2009 at 9:14 am #

    2 months of washburn is not enough for perk.
    maybe the reds would listen, they are really short outfielders and have some pitching to spare, maybe a perk and delmon for harang or bailey maybe pick up brandon phillips who is in the dog house. perk and young for a pitcher and phillips plus a mix of prospects each way would work for me. it would mean taking on some salary which means not going to happen.
    cabrera makes no sense to trade for him so he can sit on the bench while nicky plays every day. if they get cabrera it means harris sits so does that really fix anything like the 2b hole.

  8. Dome Dog July 24, 2009 at 9:15 am #

    Good to see Guerra putting together a couple of nice performances. And congrats to Mark Buehrle on that performance yesterday. Every time I go to a game I always hope I get to see something special like that! I can’t imagine what it must have been like to be there, especially after the catch by Wise!!

  9. thrylos98 July 24, 2009 at 9:55 am #

    Perkins for Washburn is a fair trade. Perkins is arbitration-eligible after this season and Washburn is a solid B-type free agent according to Elias. Do it. Too bad that Seattle got that hole at their 3B closed so they cannot send Buscher there as well.

    About time that someone takes charge and does something about this team… too much complacency in all levels.

  10. Jim July 24, 2009 at 9:56 am #


    You have not mentioned Aaron Hicks in awhile in your updates, so I looked at his stats in Beloit…batting .216, but of his 21 hits, 8 are for extra bases, 21K vs 18 walks.

    Comments on his adjustment to A ball?

  11. mike wants wins July 24, 2009 at 10:25 am #

    Brandon Phillips is to hard work and hustle and good fundamental baseball as Alexi Casilla is to hitting for power and OBP. Brandon Phillips is not the answer to any good question.

  12. Seth July 24, 2009 at 10:26 am #

    Roger – yeah, “another bad loss” is said a lot… but I remember saying that in 2006 too… when you get to this point in the season, any loss seems to get magnified. The key will be for the Twins themselves not to start thinking like that and maintain the one game at a time philosophy.

    And, they don’t need a 3B next year… regardless of who is at SS, Valencia should be at 3B. But SS will probably be a need simply because Gardy refuses to let Harris just run with it. Sure didn’t take him long to give it back to Punto.

    • roger July 24, 2009 at 11:05 am #

      Seth, I think I was saying the same thing. Yes, they will need a third baseman next year cause Crede will likely be gone. And yes, that third baseman can and probably should be Valencia. Having a rookie at third is a lot easier if (for a championship team) they have a solid veteran playing next to him.

  13. Seth July 24, 2009 at 10:28 am #

    Hick is doing what you would expect from a 19 year old in the Midwest League… I know a lot of people wanted him to come up and hit .379 like Revere, plus hit homers like crazy, but that’s not fair. He is doing alright. Sure, it’d be nice to get those numbers up a little, but you pointed out two keys. Extra base hits, and the strikeout to walk rate is solid. He’s young, and all along we’ve heard he is more raw than Revere.

  14. Joe July 24, 2009 at 11:07 am #

    Is Revere hurt. I can not find anything to say why he is not playing.

  15. TT July 24, 2009 at 11:15 am #

    Guerra has nothing to do with a “change of scenery”. He was struggling because the Twins have been reworking his mechanics at Fort Myers. He is a classic example of a player being moved up when he was ready. In the minor leagues its not how you start, but how you finish. The point is to improve.

  16. TT July 24, 2009 at 11:22 am #

    “What do they need? They need a veteran #1 pitcher (kind of like Brad Radke was even though he wasn’t the best starter on the staff), they need a good middle infielder and they need a good short reliever. Three pieces to the big puzzle.”

    Am I the only one who doubts they can add three pieces at the deadline. If they really need all three of those, then they are a year away from winning the division. I am not convinced they need all three, but I am even less convinced they know which of the three will make the difference in winning the division. The bullpen isn’t their main problem. If you are going to fix one problem, adding a veteran starter who will give you 7 or 8 innings each time out will probably do the most to fix the bullpen. They have a veteran second baseman getting ready at Fort Myers. He probably won’t work out, but that is a gamble they should probably take.

    • roger July 24, 2009 at 12:07 pm #

      TT, following the above comment I went on to talk about getting some of the pieces to the puzzle via free agency. So not, you aren’t the only one who doubts that they can or should try to fix all their problems this year. I also agree that the trade could be done this year to solve maybe one of the three…and no one knows if one piece will get them over the top this year. Doesn’t mean they shouldn’t try. Personally, I think it is time for Bill Smith to admit his mistake and move Delmon Young before he spends another two months sitting on the bench.

      • TT July 24, 2009 at 10:49 pm #

        What exactly do you think they can get for Delmon Young. Not much, I would think. He might bring a middle reliever in return, someone who could replace Duensing’s role for instance. He certainly isn’t going to bring a starter or a quality middle infielder in return.

        As for free agency, I don’t see it. The first free agent they should sign is Crede if they can get him an extension. Because third base is a bigger hole than the middle infield. The folks who love Valencia based on 100 at bats at Rochester seem to ignore the fact that Casilla has been just as impressive there this year with twice as many plate appearances. And Casilla is younger.

        “no one knows if one piece will get them over the top this year. Doesn’t mean they shouldn’t try.”

        It means they shouldn’t sacrifice a lot of future for a short term fix that may not even be necessary or may turn out to be inadequate. With the exception of Joe Mauer, I don’t think there is a player on the Twins that someone hasn’t proposed trading in the past for a short term fix to “win now”. If they had made any of those trades, they would be that much further away from contending now.

  17. Greg July 24, 2009 at 1:36 pm #

    Seth, you come up with good scoop….

    Win Twins!

  18. TwinsFix July 24, 2009 at 2:04 pm #

    As long as the Twins are close to the top of the AL Central, I’m unwilling to “pull the plug” on this season, however bleak it may look.

  19. Joe July 24, 2009 at 3:21 pm #

    We have a deep farm system of what I call tweener prospects… guys who aren’t top prospects but have the ability to be on major league rosters…

    Pridie, Winfree, Tolleson, Lis, Dinkleman, Robbins, Roberts, Martin and others….. these guys are better then what Pittsburgh got for LaRoche….. why when ever the Twins talk about trading its trading a major leaguer, now I’m not saying Perkins is a star but I wouldn’t trade him for a guy who we would have for the rest of the year…. we can get Washburn for 2-3 guys I have listen above…..

  20. Joe July 24, 2009 at 3:54 pm #

    Seattle is not out of it. So they have more trade power then you think. They can ask for Perkins and something like Pridie or Lis in AA.

  21. Rick July 24, 2009 at 4:39 pm #

    “Perkins on the Trade Block/”……I hope so.

  22. Twinsfan July 24, 2009 at 7:34 pm #

    Nathan and Van Mil blow their saves on the same day, how about that? If you ask me, Van Mil will be the next Joe Nathan, I can only hope it will be for the Twins. Seth, with all the players eligible for Rule V after this season, what do you think the Twins will do with the tall righty?

  23. twinlves July 24, 2009 at 7:41 pm #

    Any reason Ben Revere hasn’t played sense the 20th?

  24. Joe July 24, 2009 at 7:43 pm #

    Now Slowey is on the DL for maybe the rest of the year, Perkins is more important. Maybe Minnesota needs to start looking at moving the minor league talent for a starter.

    It will NEVER happen but the Jays would pay attention if the Twins were to offer Ben Revere or Aaron Hicks, Deolis Guerra, Danny Rams and another player.

    That is equivalent to the possible Phillies Package of Kyle Drabek and either Dominick Brown and Micheal Taylor and 2 other minor leaguers.

    • DH in Philly July 25, 2009 at 10:16 am #

      I think the Phillie package is MUCH better than the one you described. Guerra v. Drabek isn’t even close. Taylor is the most advanced of the 4 OF mentioned and is a true 5 tool guy. Brown compares well against either Revere or Hicks. And the Phils are likely to add J Happ to the mix, who clearly beats out Bam Bam Rams in the trade scenario. Maybe we could add one of last year’s untouchable kids – Shooter Hunt – after all he didn’t allow a hit in his outing yesterday (4 batters – 4 walks)

  25. Twinsfan July 24, 2009 at 9:55 pm #

    twinlves I heard Revere hasn’t played because his knee is bothering him. Nothing to be worried about though.

  26. Trading Places July 25, 2009 at 8:47 am #

    Sell Mortimor, SELL!!!!

    Given Seth’s 40-man roster debate, trade some of this talent for a stud, preferably a pitcher. I really feel our staff needs a veteran leader.


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