Potential 2012 lineup, roster

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 28, 2011 - 7:06 AM

No, we're not suggesting the Twins should enter 2012 with Trevor Plouffe at DH and Rene Tosoni in right field.

No, we're not suggesting the Twins should enter 2012 with Trevor Plouffe at DH and Rene Tosoni in right field. The goal here is simply to show what the Twins would have heading into next season, assuming their injured players return and they fail to sign any of their free agents.

This also shows next year's salaries for the players under contract, with estimates given for arbitration, etc.

This year's Opening Day payroll, for the 25-man active roster, was $113 million. The Twins would spend about $83 million on the 25-man collection below, which means they have about $30 million of wiggle room, unless they decide to cut payroll.

2012 PROJECTED OPENING DAY PAYROLL

$82,750,000

* Denotes arbitration estimate.

All players who aren't under contract or arbitration eligible are estimated to make $450,000).

STARTING LINEUP

1. CF Denard Span $3,000,000

2. 2B Alexi Casilla *$1,500,000

3. C Joe Mauer $23,000,000

4. 1B Justin Morneau $15,000,000

5. 3B Danny Valencia $450,000

6. RF Rene Tosoni $450,000

7. DH Trevor Plouffe $450,000

8. SS Tsuyoshi Nishioka $3,000,000

9. LF Ben Revere $450,000

Total (nine starters) $47,300,000

ROTATION

1. RHP Carl Pavano $8,500,000

2. RHP Scott Baker $6,500,000

3. LHP Francisco Liriano *$5,800,000

4. RHP Nick Blackburn $4,750,000

5. RHP Kevin Slowey *$2,800,000

Total (five starters) $28,350,000

BULLPEN

LHP Glen Perkins *$1,700,000

LHP Brian Duensing $450,000

RHP Anthony Swarzak $450,000

RHP Lester Oliveros $450,000

LHP Jose Mijares *$700,000

RHP Alex Burnett $450,000

LHP Phil Dumatrait *$700,000

Total (seven relievers) $4,900,000

BENCH

INF Luke Hughes $450,000

C Drew Butera $450,000

OF Jason Repko *$700,000

INF Matt Tolbert *$600,000

Total (four bench players) $2,200,000

NOTABLE DEPTH

(each would make about $450,000)

C Rene Rivera

1B Chris Parmelee

OF Joe Benson

LHP Scott Diamond

RHP Liam Hendriks

RHP Kyle Waldrop

RHP Jim Hoey

RHP Jeff Manship

PENDING FREE AGENTS

(with 2011 salaries)

RF/1B Michael Cuddyer $10,500,000

OF/DH Jason Kubel $5,025,000

RH Joe Nathan $11,250,000

RH Matt Capps $7,150,000

Note: Nathan has a $12.5 million club option for next year, but it's more likely the Twins will

exercise his $2 million buyout.

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