Projecting 2012 Twins

Even though there is plenty of time left in the off-season for more changes to occur, I’m going to make my first projection of what the Twins roster will look like on opening day.

In so doing, I am making a couple of assumptions: 1) Injured players are ready to play, and 2) the 40-man roster will be the same as it is today (November 26).

Everyday lineup:

  • C Joe Mauer
  • 1B Justin Morneau
  • 2B Alexi Casilla
  • SS Jamey Carroll
  • 3B Danny Valencia
  • LF Ben Revere
  • CF Denard Span
  • RF Trevor Plouffe
  • DH Ryan Doumit

Bench:

  • C Drew Butera
  • INF Luke Hughes
  • INF Tsuyoshi Nishioka
  • OF Rene Tosoni

Pitchers:

  • S Carl Pavano
  • S Scott Baker
  • S Francisco Liriano
  • S Nick Blackburn
  • S Kevin Slowey
  • LR Anthony Swarzak
  • CL Glen Perkins
  • LHR Brian Duensing
  • LHR Jose Mijares
  • RHR Alex Burnett
  • RHR Lester Oliveros
  • RHR Jeff Manship
  • * 26th man Liam Hendriks

This little exercise demonstrates the huge holes that remain to be filled if the team is to be anything but an embarrassment again. The roster as outlined above would have very little chance of finishing anything but a distant last place in the Central Division.

As we progress through the off-season, I’ll post new versions of this roster taking into account the trades/free agent signings, as well as any new information we receive about the playing condition of key players, such as Mauer, Morneau and Span.

Needless to say, I will look forward to several changes before opening day so the Twins can at least have the prospect of not finishing last.

* The new CBA has a provision for a 26th player to be active for certain double headers during the year. In the Twins’ case, the player is most likely to be a starter brought up to pitch one of the games.

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