Glen Perkins and Jared Burton are set, respectively, as the Twins closer and top setup man and Brian Duensing will be the team’s top left-handed reliever behind Perkins, unless he fails miserably in camp.
IN THE MIX
Alex Burnett and Anthony Swarzak have been mainstays on the pitching staff the past few years, but neither has put up impressive enough numbers to be guaranteed a spot. Swarzak will face the additional hurdle of being injured for the majority of camp. His main competition for the long relief role will be Ryan Pressly, a Rule 5 draftee who converted to a relief role last season in the Boston system. Rich Harden and Rafael Perez were both dominant pitchers at one time who are attempting comebacks after injury, and both may be tried in starting roles this season, as well. Josh Roenicke was average at best last season, making him available to be claimed off waivers from the Rockies. Tim Wood signed as a minor league free agent after dominating the minors in the Pittsburgh organization. Tyler Robertson split time between Minnesota and Rochester in 2012 and will look to improve on last year’s numbers to provide lefty depth in the bullpen. After an impressive 2012, Casey Fien is the closest thing to a lock in this group coming into camp.