Don’t worry, Twins fans. There will not be a closer controversy to start the season.
General Manager Terry Ryan said on Wednesday that lefthander Glen Perkins will open as the closer. Perkins went to his third consecutive All-Star Game in 2015 but struggled during the second half, landed on the disabled list and finished as a setup man for Kevin Jepsen, who posted a 1.61 ERA with 10 saves in 29 games after being traded from Tampa Bay.
Perkins finished 3-5, 3.32 with 32 saves in 35 opportunities.
“We’re going to go into it with Glen Perkins,” Ryan said. “That’s what Paul [Molitor] has told him, and I believe he has explained that to Jepsen. And that seems to make some logic.”
• In the latest ex-Twin report, former infielder Jamey Carroll is at the winter meetings after joining the Pirates organization. Carroll, who retired after the 2013 season, will scout as well as help out as a minor league coach.