The ever-struggling Minnesota Twins reportedly took a special offering to the MLB Winter Meetings this week to help entice potential free agents to play ball in The Twin Cities: venison jerky.
During Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings—where trades are made and deals are inked—the hapless Twins are offering a special recruitment incentive to prospective players: venison jerky made by ace pitcher and deer hunter Glen Perkins.
“We know we’re not going to compete with the Yankees and Red Sox of the world,” Twins GM Terry Ryan told the Twinkie Town blog. “If you want to convince a potential free agent or another club to strike a deal, who’s going to say no to some of Glen Perkins’ homemade venison jerky? Probably no one.”
According to the blog, the team announced last week it was packaging dried and smoked venison to bring to baseball’s annual off-season conclave, which began Dec. 3 and ends Dec. 6.
It’s hoped that the chewy deer meat, called “Perkins' Jerkins,” by the Twins closer and avid hunter, will improve the team’s chances to compete in the AL Central in 2013.
“Every guy in this clubhouse is sick to death of losing, and we need to do everything we can to win in 2013. I'm just happy to do my part,” said the left-hander.