Updated: March 24th, 2014 8:25am
Matt Guerrier released, Michael Tonkin demoted in latest wave of cuts

Matt Guerrier released, Michael Tonkin demoted in latest wave of cuts

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by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com

After the rotation became clear Friday, the Twins are moving closer to having the 25-man roster set.

The team announced the latest round of cuts - 10 players - on Monday, which means only four more of the 29 players remaining in camp will need to be trimmed.

Matt Guerrier, who had signed a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, was granted his unconditional release. He's now a free agent and can latch on with any club.

Here are the other cuts:

Optioned to Triple-A Rochester:

Michael Tonkin

Chris Hermann

Ryan Pressly

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Reassigned to minor league camp:

Matt Hoffman LHP

Aaron Thompson LHP

Deolis Guerra RHP

Wilkin Ramirez OF

Doug Bernier IF

Deibinson Romero IF

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What it means for Tonkin:

Tonkin should be on the team, but with several starting pitchers out of minor league options, the bullpen starts looking fairly crowded. Lefthander Scott Diamond and righthander Sam Deduno both could break camp in the bullpen after getting nudged from the rotation. Neither has minor league options, and would be exposed to waivers if they were cut. Tonkin did not need to clear waivers to be sent down, since he had minor league options left, and that could be the difference in him making the team and getting sent to Rochester.

What it means for Guerrier:

Guerrier was a nice story, trying to latch on with his former club following elbow surgery.

He said he knew it would be a tough task to make the team because the Twins' bullpen was strong last year. The reliever is now 35. He could resurface with another club, presumably one without as much bullpen depth.

What it means for the Twins:

Minnesota now has 29 players left in camp and will need to make four more cuts before Opening Day, which is in one week.

Here's a quick breakdown of what's left:

13 pitchers

3 catchers (one non-roster)

7 infielders (one non-roster)

6 outfielders (one non-roster)

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
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