MIN@CLE: Perkins strikes out Aviles to end the game

NEW YORK -- The Twins have struggled so far this season, but that doesn't mean they don't have players other teams want.

Terry Ryan said as much on Saturday. With the non-waiver Trade Deadline approaching at the end of the month, the general manager has already begun fielding calls about the availability of some of his players.

One player that's received a lot of interest is closer Glen Perkins. The 30-year old left-hander has recorded 20 in 22 chances so far this season with a 1.93 ERA and 45 strikeouts, and Ryan said he's a guy that any team could immediately insert into the back end of its bullpen.

"Anybody would like Glen Perkins," Ryan said. "Some of them would be very difficult to free up. Glen Perkins would be very difficult because he's talented, he's under contract, he's in the prime of his career, he sets up your bullpen; all that good stuff."

Ryan isn't necessarily looking to deal Perkins, though. He said he will listen to any offer, but some players would be harder to pry away from Minnesota than others.

"If somebody overwhelms you with something, you've got to listen. There's no question. You can't just say no. If somebody wants to overwhelm me and give you some thoughts that, 'Jeez, this is something you ought to consider,'" Ryan said. "If someone wants to talk about a guy, I'm all ears."

Ryan said he's also willing to initiate trade talks with other teams, but admits the Twins are in a different situation than most contenders. While some teams are looking to fill one or two holes, Minnesota is looking to improve numerous situations across the roster.

With that in mind, the Twins won't be shy in the trade market.

"If you're just talking about finishing the year on a positive note, I don't think so," Ryan said. "We're talking about winning and getting into the postseason. That's more important than trying to polish something up.

"We're not into respectability. We're into winning."

Perkins hasn't had much chance to pitch

KC@MIN: Perkins induces groundout for 20th save

NEW YORK -- On July 6, Glen Perkins found out he made the American League All-Star Team for the first time in his career. Coincidentally, that was also the last time he pitched prior to Saturday's game in New York.

The Twins' closer hadn't made an appearance in any of the team's prior six games, all of which have been losses.

Manager Ron Gardenhire said Saturday he had plans to get him on the mound sometime during the afternoon game against the Yankees.

"He needs to pitch. And if it has to be the bottom of the eighth inning, he'll pitch the bottom of the eighth inning," Gardenhire said. "He needs to pitch, and that'll probably be today."

Perkins has posted stellar numbers in his first season as Minnesota's full-time closer, recording 20 saves in 22 chances while sporting a 1.93 ERA.

The Twins haven's needed his services much in recent games, though. With his team struggling, Perkins has made just two appearances since June 29.

"Hopefully we'll have a lead where we can get him a save opportunity. Somewhere, that young man has to pitch," Gardenhire said. "And if he pitches the eighth and we get a lead or whatever, he's going to have to pitch the ninth, too."

Worth noting

•  Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia continued his struggles at the plate on Friday, recording a golden sombrero with four strikeouts. He entered play Saturday having struck out in 11 of his previous 13 at-bats.

•  Reliever Ryan Pressly rolled his ankle fielding a ball in the fifth inning of Friday's game, but Gardenhire said he's fine. He was available to pitch on Saturday.

•  Releiver Caleb Thielbar will be activated Sunday after spending three days on the bereavement list to attend the funeral of his grandmother. Gardenhire said a decision about a corresponding move would be made after Saturday's game.