Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wave of moves; COPOP IV

Per Joe Christensen :

C Steve Holm and OF Jeff Bailey were re-assigned to minor-league camp today. They plan to re-assign LHP Phil Dumatrait and catcher Danny Lehmann after Monday’s game.
Several players will travel to Atlanta for next week’s exhibition games and then be re-assigned to minor-league camp: RHP Carlos Gutierrez, RHP Kyle Waldrop, LHP Chuck James, C Rene Rivera, INF Chase Lambin and OF Brian Dinkelman.
What does this mean? The Twins have five remaining candidates — LHP Dusty Hughes, LHP Glen Perkins, RHP Jeff Manship, RHP Jim Hoey and LHP Scott Diamond — competing for three open bullpen spots.

Jim Hoey was
acquired in the
J.J. Hardy trade.

For purposes of updating COPOP — Current Outsider Projected Opening Bullpen — the interesting item here is that Kyle Waldrop is missing out.

I had dropped Hoey off my projection while in Florida, but he's had three shutout outings since then. And Waldrop, as has been noted, isn't on the 40-man roster. The Twins retain more roster flexibility if he stays off the 40, and he has to be on the 40 to make the 25.

So ... the new COPOP:

Closer: Joe Nathan
Setup 1: Matt Capps
Lefty 1: Jose Mijares
Setup 2/Middle relief 1: Hoey
Lefty2: Hughes
MR2: Perkins
Long Man: Kevin Slowey

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