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Who Could Stay:
Joe Nathan: Joe's $12 million option will be declined, and the Twins will most likely work out a much less burdensome salary to keep Nathan on board. Perhaps $5 million per year?
Glen Perkins: He stays as the setup man. After the best year of his career in a new role, Perkins will have every opportunity to keep it up in 2012.
Lester Oliveros: A young arm with some promise, I think Oliveros deserves a shot.
Esmerling Vasquez: Same kind of pitcher as Oliveros. Give them both a chance in spring training.
Who Could Go:
Matt Capps: Paid over $7 million in 2011, GM Bill Smith could have retained both Jesse Crain and either Matt Guerrier or Jon Rauch. Capps and his salary will be gone in 2012.
Alex Burnett: Burnett pitches to contact and gets hit around. He'll probably be back, and maybe he deserves another shot, but I don't see him getting much better.
Phil Dumatrait: Phil had a good year for the Twins out of the 'pen, so maybe they'll keep him and see if they can get similar value from him next year.
Jim Hoey: He throws hard, but not well. Send him back to the minors or get rid of him completely.
Who Should Come In:
Brian Duensing: He's got great career numbers from the bullpen. If the Twins pursue a starter or two, I'm sure we'll see Duensing back here after his awful 2011.
LaTroy Hawkins: He's a free agent, still throws hard and might welcome another year or two in Minnesota. This would be a cheap and effective help to the bullpen.
Carlos Gutierrez: A closer-type waiting in the ranks, Gutierrez will have a good chance of making the team out of spring training.
Others: J.C. Romero, George Sherrill, Joel Zumaya, Michael Wuertz, Jason Isringhausen and others clog a long list of average-to-pretty-good bullpen arms.
Closer: Joe Nathan
Setup: Glen Perkins
Lefty "Specialist": Phil Dumatrait
Long Relief: Glen Perkins
Middle Relief: LaTroy Hawkins, Lester Oliveros, Carlos Gutierrez