The Twins on Friday announced some moves that clears space on their 40-man roster,

They outrighted catcher Rene Rivera, infielder Matt Tolbert, outfielder Jason Repko and righthander Antony Slama to Class AAA Rochester. They also reinstated righthander Nick Blackburn and infielder Alexi Casilla from the 60-day DL. Therefore, they have 38 players on their 40-man roster.

So there's room to add two players, either through trade, free agent signing or by placing a player from the minor leagues there. Historically, 40-man rosters have to be submitted in mid-November. Not sure if that is the case this year,

Rivera hit .144 in 45 games, missing out on a great chance to prove himself while Joe Mauer was out of action.

Tolbert batted ,198 in 29 games, also blowing a chance to make a name for himself. He's 29 years old.

Repko batted .226 in 67 games and battled injuries. He's not expected to be in the mix next year. The Twins are looking at an outfield that includes Denard Span and Ben Revere. They might bring back Michael Cuddyer and/or Jason Kubel, And Trevor Plouffe and Luke Hughes could land a job as a backup infielder/outfielder (both are out of options next year).

Slama had a rough year with injuries. He had a 2.92 ERA in 27 games at Rochester and threw 2.1 scoreless innings with the Twins but missed a chunk of the season while rehabbing his elbow. Slama will be 28 next season and has not gotten much of a shot to show what he can do. The elbow problem doesn't help. But neither does being outrighted.

Technically, all four players can be selected in the Rule V draft. Slama is the most likely.

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