Today’s unpopular opinion is in regards to the back end of the Twins’ 2012 bullpen:
“If Joe Nathan is retained, it should be at a rate fitting of a free agent middle reliever, rather than a closer. Nathan should be setting up Glen Perkins in 2012.”
I like Nathan enough, but I think the Twins need to go a cheaper route with the bullpen this year – not cheaper than last season, but cheaper than what a free agent market might dictate – and by installing Perkins as the closer, the Twins set themselves up to save money on Nathan. If Nathan wants to close elsewhere – and he’s certainly earned the right – he can get a big contract elsewhere. The Twins can’t let loyalties tie them up when it comes to trying to build a winner in 2012, which I think they can do if the front office can use a little savvy and smarts when constructing this roster.