The Minnesota and Milwaukee bullpens are examined in this week's Reaper.
Glen Perkins| Twins Shallow (30 Keepers): No Medium (60 Keepers): No Deep (90 Keepers): Fringe AL-only (60 Keepers): Yes Super Deep (200 Keepers): Yes
Twins lefty Glen Perkins isn’t one of the first closers who comes to mind when thinking of keeper candidates, but he probably should be. After bouncing between the bullpen and rotation during his first few seasons in the majors, Perkins has settled in nicely as a high-leverage reliever over the past couple years. He got a shot at closing in 2012 and, in news that could only draw the attention of dorks, by season’s end had eventually earned the confidence of his manager and GM to be the team’s long-term answer in the ninth inning.
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Glen Perkins and Greg Holland make their VP bid this week.
I had such high hopes for Pirates swing man Brad Lincoln (Yahoo! 6%, ESPN 2%, CBS 9%), but his past three outings have been starts, and the results have been ugly: 11 2/3 innings, 13 earned runs, 10 strikeouts, 23 hits (!), and four walks. It’s time for the Bucs to mercy-kill this experiment and return Lincoln to his rightful place as their long reliever. He’ll serve the team—and fantasy owners—far better in that role.
Mike looks at the shaky situation in Minnesota and welcomes two high strikeout setup men to VP.
I spent my holiday weekend in the middle of the country, mainly driving from Ohio through Indiana to southern Illinois. If nothing else, I learned this: 80 percent of radio stations in that part of the country are, at any given time, carrying a St. Louis Cardinals game.Nothing at all wrong with that.
Slim and trim Charlie Manuel wants a World Series rematch, Mike Rizzo builds a strong front office in Washington, and more news from around the game.
The World Series has been over for nearly three months, spring training begins in a little less than three weeks, and Charlie Manuel is nearly 60 pounds lighter than he was at this time a year ago. Yet it still stings when the Phillies manager thinks about how his team missed its chance to become the first National League team since the 1975-76 Reds to win back-to-back World Series in 2009, losing in six games to the Yankees.
The Twins' young starting pitcher talks about aggressiveness, acquiring new offerings, and being a Minnesotan.
Glen Perkins is a Twin Cities kind of guy. A native of St. Paul who played his college ball at the University of Minnesota, the hard-throwing left-hander is now a full-fledged member of the Minnesota starting rotation. Returned to a starting role last season after making his first 23 big-league appearances out of the bullpen, Perkins established himself by going 12-4 with a 4.41 ERA for his hometown team in 151 innings over 26 appearances. Now 26 years old, Perkins was the Twins' pick in the first round of the 2004 draft.
A trio of 24-year-old left-handers to avoid, and an elderly rookie who you may want to consider.
As we begin the New Year, it's time to start thinking about who you'll be drafting for your 2009 fantasy teams. Leagues begin forming as early as February, and while it's a bit early for rankings, it's never too soon to begin digging through lists of names in search of those players who can help you win next season. This week, we'll take a look at some pitchers with newly secured roles who surprised or struggled with their performances in 2008, and what might be expected from them going forward.