10/24/12 4:30 PM ET
Twins clear roster space, decline Capps' option
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
The Twins also notified reliever Matt Capps that they will not pick up his $6 million option for next season and will instead pay his $250,000 buyout. Capps, who has expressed interest in returning under a new deal, had a 3.68 ERA with 14 saves in 30 appearances in 2012, as he battled a rotator cuff injury in the second half of the season.
In addition, right-handed pitcher Carlos Gutierrez was claimed on outright waivers by the Cubs and added to the Twins' 40-man roster. Gutierrez, the Twins' first-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, had season-ending shoulder surgery in July. He posted a 4.11 ERA in five Minor League seasons without getting called up by the Twins.
The Twins also reinstated right-handed pitchers Scott Baker, Cole De Vries and Carl Pavano from the disabled list, and now have 35 players on their roster. The Twins hold a $9.25 million option for Baker that they're likely to decline, but both sides have shown interest in signing a new deal for next season. Pavano is the club's only impending free agent.
Of the six players outrighted off the Major League roster, Waldrop was the biggest surprise as the former first-round Draft pick in 2004 had success in limited action with the Twins in 2012 with a 2.53 ERA in 21 1/3 innings. Waldrop, who is adept at inducing ground balls, dealt with an ulnar collateral ligament sprain early in the year, but proved healthy and effective late in the season.