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Tuesday (Our best guess at the Twins' opening day roster) edition: Wha' happened?

Posted by: Michael Rand under Target Field, Twins fans Updated: March 15, 2011 - 8:56 AM

Based on clues emerging from Patrick Reusse and La Velle today, here is our best guess at how the Twins' 25-man opening-day roster will shake out:

STARTING POSITION PLAYERS

Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Alexi Casilla, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Danny Valencia, Delmon Young, Denard Span, Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel

STARTING ROTATION

Carl Pavano, Francisco Liriano, Nick Blackburn, Brian Duensing, Scott Baker

BULLPEN

Joe Nathan, Matt Capps, Jose Mijares, Dusty Hughes, Jeff Manship, Glen Perkins, Reliever X obtained in trade for Kevin Slowey

BENCH

Jim Thome, Luke Hughes, Jason Repko, Drew Butera

Thoughts:

1) Would Ron Gardenhire really go with a bench with so little middle-infield scrappiness? If Hughes keeps hitting like he is, Gardy might have to -- especially since Hughes would be a possible right-handed DH against lefties. Putting him there instead of Matt Tolbert makes you feel a lot better about late-inning hitting options, doesn't it?

2) If you're still not entirely comforted by the bullpen, you aren't alone. As such, a trade of one of those starters (Slowey makes the most sense, as Reusse noted) which netted a reliable righty reliever would be a boon.

3) This is all, of course, assuming best-case scenarios with health.

Your thoughts, as always, are welcome in the comments.

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