• Twins Purge Matt Capps And Seven Others From 40-Man Roster

    Is Matt Capps Twins career over?The Twins cleared eight players from their 40-man roster today in moves that affected suspects, prospects and Matt Capps. Because there were actually forty-three players on the 40-man roster, the moves left five spots open which will be filled throughout the offseason by free agents and other new players as well as Twins prospects that the organization wants to protect.

    Of the eight, the biggest name was former closer Capps, who was acquired by the Twins by trade in 2012 and has signed two consecutive contracts with the Twins. The Twins had a $6 million option (with a $250,000 buyout) on Capps for next year, but he had been hurt for most of this last season, hurting his chances of making anywhere near that money on the free agent market.

    Capps release does suggest that the Twins arenít currently talking with him about re-signing him yet again. They have a similar option on pitcher Scott Baker which they are also assuredly going to decline, but they did not do so yesterday, likely because they are in talks to re-sign him according to Terry Ryan.

    Of the other seven players released only one did not ever make it to the majors Ė relief prospect Carlos Gutierrez, who was claimed by the Chicago Cubs. Gutierrez was a first-round pick by the Twins in 2008, but stalled out in AAA and eventually underwent season-ending shoulder surgery this July. It is not clear when heíll be able to pitch again.

    The cuts included five other pitchers:

    • Esmerling Vasquez is a somewhat wild reliever who was converted to a starter midway through the year in Rochester. The 28-year-old had good success in that role but struggled with his control in a September promotion to the Twins.
    • PJ Walters was a 27-year-old starter had spent time with the Cardinals and Blue Jays prior to this season. He had success in his initial few outings, but eventually was sidelined with a shoulder injury. He also struggled this September when he returned.
    • Kyle Waldrop is also a first round pick by the Twins, but underwent shoulder surgery in 2008. He has since become a pitcher who lives and dies by getting ground balls. He appeared in 17 games with the Twins this season, all of them in relief.
    • Jeff Manship bounced back from a injury-plagued 2011 to stay mostly healthy this year, but the 2.91 ERA he posted in Rochester didnít translate to the majors. His threw relief in 12 games, posting a 7.89 ERA.
    • Finally, Luis Perdomo joined the Twins last offseason from the Padres organization. Heís traditionally struggled with his control, but made progress in Rochester only to see that progress disappear in the majors. He appeared in 15 games, pitching seventeen innings and walking 12.


    The only batter trimmed was outfielder Matt Carson, who had been a bit of a surprise when he was called up to the majors in late August. The 31-year-old outfielder received 66 at-bats, hitting .211 with just one extra-base hit.

    While these represent moves represent the lionís share of 40-man roster moves, more can be expected. When Carl Pavano declares free agency within the first couple of days of the World Series, he will be dropped. Some arbitration decisions could lead to more openings. And if Scott Baker and the Twins fail to each an agreement, that would result in another opening.

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    If youíre interested in some of the Twins prospects that may fill some of these spots, Seth Stohs has an essay in the TwinsCentric 2013 Offseason Handbook that list the top candidates likely to be rewarded a spot. It is shipping now at a 30% discount until the end of the World Series.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Purge Matt Capps And Seven Others From 40-Man Roster started by John Bonnes
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. COtwin's Avatar
      COtwin -
      kinda feels like washing up before dinner
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Manship,Perdomo, Carson & Walters were recalled twice each. Waldrop made the club out of spring training & was recalled twice also. Vazques was their 'prize' Sept recall.
      Media were praising TRyan for his offseason minor league signings like Gray, Florimon, Vazquez, Walters, Carson, Deduno, Perdomo, etc......
      When these guys were placed on waivers, not a single team claimed anybody showing everyone what a talentless group of players they had in the organization, which is why they've had the worst record in the AL & 2nd worst in baseball the past 2 yrs.
      Keep purging these type of players & sign some real major league talent.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Interesting to see that Baker and Pavano are still on the roster. I think they should move ahead with Baker and they should not in any way with Pavano. Having Pavano in the roster and losing Gutierrez does not make much sense. Interesting also to see the team keep 4 Cs on the 40-man. I just don't see any reason for keeping Butera there. They do. Guess they value him more than a former first round pick who is a prospect
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by greengoblinrulz View Post
      Manship,Perdomo, Carson & Walters were recalled twice each. Waldrop made the club out of spring training & was recalled twice also. Vazques was their 'prize' Sept recall.
      Media were praising TRyan for his offseason minor league signings like Gray, Florimon, Vazquez, Walters, Carson, Deduno, Perdomo, etc......
      When these guys were placed on waivers, not a single team claimed anybody showing everyone what a talentless group of players they had in the organization, which is why they've had the worst record in the AL & 2nd worst in baseball the past 2 yrs.
      Keep purging these type of players & sign some real major league talent.
      That's how this game is played. I notice that you conveniently left Burton off that list. The front office isn't going to strike gold every time. If they get one quality player out of a batch of scrubs (and they did), that's considered a win. You let the rest go and try again the next year, hoping to strike gold with another one or two guys.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by thrylos98 View Post
      Interesting to see that Baker and Pavano are still on the roster. I think they should move ahead with Baker and they should not in any way with Pavano. Having Pavano in the roster and losing Gutierrez does not make much sense. Interesting also to see the team keep 4 Cs on the 40-man. I just don't see any reason for keeping Butera there. They do. Guess they value him more than a former first round pick who is a prospect
      What is the point of clearing Pavano off the 40 man (I'm not even sure that's allowed...)? The guy is gone in less than ten days anyway.

      At this point in the season, the 40 man roster is not a game of musical chairs. You dump those you don't want, keep those you do, and ignore the free agents. After you're done with that, you start rebuilding next year's 40 man.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Gray wasn't a 6-year minor league guy. He was claimed by the Twins (by Bill Smith).
      Pedro Florimon wasn't a 6-year minor league guy. He was claimed, then DFAd.
      Yes, the other 5 were minor league signings. That's correct.
      Every team signs 8-12 minor league free agents every year. The Twins got contributions in the big leagues from Jared Burton and Casey Fien and they remain on the roster. That's more than most team's 6-year minor league free agents. Opportunity gave some of the other guys a chance with the Twins. Most 6-year minor league free agents are brought in for the AAA team.
      So yes, the Twins did a tremendous job with their 6-year minor league free agents last offseason!
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by thrylos98 View Post
      Interesting to see that Baker and Pavano are still on the roster. I think they should move ahead with Baker and they should not in any way with Pavano. Having Pavano in the roster and losing Gutierrez does not make much sense. Interesting also to see the team keep 4 Cs on the 40-man. I just don't see any reason for keeping Butera there. They do. Guess they value him more than a former first round pick who is a prospect
      Pavano comes off the 40 man roster a couple minutes after the World Series is completed. That just happens automatically.

      No reason to take Baker off the 40 man list until they have to decide on his option. No need to (officially) do that until they have to which likely is a certain number of days after the World Series. Obviously they'll decline that, but would likely prefer to have a deal with him before that time.
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      Now Pavano and the Twins will part as Pavano is a free agent.

      The Twins will decline Scott Baker's option, making him a free agent (I'm sure there is some discussion happening).

      I think the Twins hoped Gutierrez would slip thru, but he didn't.

      The other names, all signable if the Twins which to rekeep on a minor league basis, but they need to make room to protect SOME future prospects.

      Expect to see Casilla and Butera also released rather than arbirate. I think Swarzak might be on the bubble, too. These three can wait and be swapped out if the Twins wish to make any minor league free agent claims of guys necessary to add to the 40-man.
    1. Fire Dan Gladden's Avatar
      Fire Dan Gladden -
      Waldrop a little surprising, but not major.

      The decision to not want Capps came about two and a half years too late. Nope, no need for Wilson Ramos on this team...
    1. Fire Dan Gladden's Avatar
      Fire Dan Gladden -
      Any news on the Alexi Casilla front? Are they looking to keep, move, or release him?
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Quote Originally Posted by greengoblinrulz View Post
      Manship,Perdomo, Carson & Walters were recalled twice each. Waldrop made the club out of spring training & was recalled twice also. Vazques was their 'prize' Sept recall.
      Media were praising TRyan for his offseason minor league signings like Gray, Florimon, Vazquez, Walters, Carson, Deduno, Perdomo, etc......
      When these guys were placed on waivers, not a single team claimed anybody showing everyone what a talentless group of players they had in the organization, which is why they've had the worst record in the AL & 2nd worst in baseball the past 2 yrs.
      Keep purging these type of players & sign some real major league talent.
      Isn't that what they just did? Having a number of guys that fall into this category every year is pretty common, don't you think? Some you find have real major league talent and most don't so you keep looking.
    1. ThePuck's Avatar
      ThePuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by Fire Dan Gladden View Post
      Any news on the Alexi Casilla front? Are they looking to keep, move, or release him?
      I'm hoping they move on...
    1. SgtSchmidt11's Avatar
      SgtSchmidt11 -
      I like this move. Shows the Twins are not going to hold onto players just to hold onto them. Clears room for new talent brought in by waivers or via FA.
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      You can smell the off season starting to cook now. The dinner bell will be ringing soon enough.
    1. iastfan112's Avatar
      iastfan112 -
      Slightly surprised about Waldrop, other than that its pretty much what I expected.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Wow look at all this new content!
    1. beckmt's Avatar
      beckmt -
      Hope they move on with Casilla and others as well. We need to change this roster into more talent. Expect the roster to be about 30 before adding the minor leagures need (about 3 - 5), Hicks and Gibson for sure and a couple of others to protect (Hermann, Tonkin, Pugh) and maybe others.
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