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Wetmore: Attempting to project the Twins' bullpen. Who makes the cut?

Wetmore: Attempting to project the Twins' bullpen. Who makes the cut?

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by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com

With Friday's reports that Vance Worley is hitting waivers and Kyle Gibson will make the rotation, we have a clearer picture of the pitching staff.

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.

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Starters

Ricky Nolasco

Kevin Correia

Phil Hughes

Mike Pelfrey

Kyle Gibson

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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.

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Bullpen

Glen Perkins -- closer

Sam Deduno

Brian Duensing (LHP)

Casey Fien

Michael Tonkin

Jared Burton

Anthony Swarzak

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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)

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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?

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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