MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Twins have told pitcher Glen Perkins they will not pick up his $6.5-million option for next season.

The Twins also plan to pay him $700,000 for a contract buyout.

The 34-year-old left-handed pitcher only pitched in 10 games the last two season with a shoulder injury which require surgery.

The three-time All-Star and Minnesota native played at Stillwater High school and then at the University of Minnesota before being drafted by the Twins in 2004.

Perkins will now become a free agent and can sign with any team, however the belief is Perkins plans to retire from the game.