Updated: 3/31/12

The Twins roster is now pretty much set with the payroll now around $99M. With all the free agent pickups and players returning from injury you might wonder what the roster might look like when the season starts. Below I will show the projected lineup, bullpen and rotation for the Twins in 2012 along with the players battling for roster spots.

Projected Line-up:

  1. Denard Span – CF
  2. Jamey Carroll – SS
  3. Joe Mauer – C
  4. Justin Morneau – DH
  5. Josh Willingham – LF
  6. Ryan Doumit – RF
  7. Danny Valencia – 3B
  8. Chris Parmelee – 1B
  9. Alexi Casilla – 2B

Projected Bench Players:

  • Trevor Plouffe – OF
  • Luke Hughes – IF
  • Ben Revere – OF
  • Sean Burroughs – 3B

Other Possible Bench Options: J.R.Towles – C, Brian Dozier – IF

Already optioned to minors: Drew Butera – C , Darin Mastroianni – OF, Tsuyoshi Nishioka – IF, Rene Tosoni – OF, Joe Benson – OF

Starting Rotaion:

  1. Carl Pavano – R
  2. Francisco Liriano – L
  3. Scott Baker – R
  4. Nick Blackburn – R
  5. Jason Marquis – R
Other possible starter: Liam Hendricks

Projected Bullpen:

  • LONG RP: Matt Maloney -L
  • MRP: Anthony Swarzak -R
  • MRP: Jeff Gray -R
  • MRP: Brian Duensing -L
  • MRP: Jared Burton -R
  • SU: Glen Perkins -L
  • CP: Matt Capps -R

Other possible relief pitchers:  Kyle Waldrop, Alex Burnett

Already optioned to minors: Scott Diamond, Deolis Guerra, Tyler Robertson, Lester Oliveros, Carlos Gutierrez, Esmerling Vasquez, Jason Bulger, Phil Dumatrait, Jeff Manship