The Twins made some changes to the 40-man roster, and will not bring back Capps in the bullpen for 2013.
The Twins announced several roster changes Tuesday afternoon. First, they announced that they had notified Matt Capps that they would not be picking up his $6 million option for 2013, choosing instead to pay him a $250,000 buyout. The right-hander saved 45 games since coming over in a trade in 2010, but could never really lock down his role as the closer, nor convince fans that the Twins - who traded catching prospect Wilson Ramos to get him - had got anywhere near fair value in the trade.
Second, the team announced that minor-league reliever Carlos Gutierrez had been claimed off waivers by the Cubs. The 26-year-old had been touted as a potential closer at times, but struggled the past two seasons at Rochester, posting a 4.71 ERA.
Third, the Twins announced that six players had been outrighted off the 40-man roster. Relievers Jeff Manship, Luis Perdomo, and Kyle Waldrop, starters P.J. Walters and Esmerling Vasquez, and outfielder Matt Carson have all been removed from the list. All six put in major-league time this year, but none were particularly successful; Waldrop, who gave up just six earned runs in 21.1 innings in relief this year, might feel the most hard done by.