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Jeremy Nygaard

Roster Bookkeeping

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Not that it matters right now, but…

It’s always nice to know what you’re going to be dealing with going into next offseason. And although teams might say the service clock doesn’t matter… we all know that it does.

The Twins have 5 pending Free Agents: C Ryan Doumit, SP Carl Pavano, LSP Francisco Liriano, SP Jason Marquis and recently injured RP Joel Zumaya.

The Twins have options on 2 players next offseason: SP Scott Baker ($9.25m team option or free agency) and RP Matt Capps ($6m team option or $250,000 buyout, free agency and no draft pick compensation).

As of today, the Twins will have 4 players arbitration eligible: 2B Alexi Casilla (3rd and final time), LRP Glen Perkins (3rd and final time), LP Brian Duensing (1st time), C Drew Butera (1st time*)

With the new CBA, it’s is possible that 3B Danny Valencia reaches Super-2 status. While the team control wouldn’t change, it would allow Valencia to go through the arbitration process four times.

RP Alex Burnett will likely be a Super-2 if he spends all year in the majors. However, if he spends less than 46 days in the majors, the team would gain an additional year of control (through 2017).

*Butera is in an interesting position. He has exactly 2 years of service time. He is under team control through the 2015 season. If he were to spend 10 or more days in the minor leagues, it would give the team another year of control. If that were to happen, he would have less than 3 years of service time, but would still be a Super-2.

SP Nick Blackburn – the only starting pitcher under contract and team control through 2013 – could be under team control for an additional year if he spends 27 days in the minor leagues this season. Blackburn could be optioned at any point before September 7th. After that, he could refuse the assignment. (This would make for an interesting case because the Twins would then have the choice of paying him the $8m for 2014 or taking him to arbitration.)

OF Joe Benson and 1B Chris Parmelee are both under team control through 2018. However, if either are brought up on May 10th or before and never get sent back down, the team would lose a year of control.

Minor leaguers who would need to be added to the 40-man in November to avoid the Rule V draft:
INF Brian Dozier, C/OF Chris Herrmann, OF Aaron Hicks, SP Kyle Gibson, SP Adrian Salcedo as well as TwinsDaily’s own registered users/contributors LRP Tony Davis and RP Dakota Watts among others.


  1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
    Great update. Never too early to start looking at his kind of stuff.
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