Wetmore: Attempting to project the Twins' bullpen. Who makes the cut?
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These are assumptions based on stats, Twins history and other factors.
What will the rotation look like on Opening Day?
Well, we think we know that now.
What will the bullpen look like? That's less certain. I'll take a stab at it, but first a few qualifiers.
1. I think the Twins will make a trade before the season starts.
2. I'm assuming a 12-man pitching staff.
3. I don't think I value keeping a player who is out of options as much as the Twins or other Major League teams might value keeping him.
4. I'm wary of high-walk relievers, but I'll bet the Twins are intent on keeping Deduno on the roster.
Glen Perkins -- closer
Brian Duensing (LHP)
Notably absent from these lists:
Caleb Thielbar, LHP, has minor league options
Scott Diamond, LHP, out of minor league options
Ryan Pressly, has minor league options
Matt Guerrier (not on the 40-man roster)
Tonkin might get squeezed if the Twins feel the need to keep a player or two on the roster because they're out of options. Tonkin absolutely belongs in the bullpen in a strict meritocracy.
I would be surprised to see the Twins let Diamond walk for nothing. I think they'll either trade him or find a way to keep him in the bullpen.
I expect a trade before the season starts, and based on this strength, I think it could include one or more members of this bullpen group.
What do you think? What would you do if you called the shots?
What do you think the Twins will do?