--LHP Edgar Ibarra had his contract purchased by the Twins, who added him to their 40-man roster. Ibarra, 24, went a combined 3-2 with two saves and a 1.93 ERA in 47 relief appearances for Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester this year.
--LHP Pedro Hernandez was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester on Oct. 29 as the Twins took him off their 40-man roster. Hernandez, 24, went 6-3 with a 6.83 ERA in 14 games (12 starts) for Minnesota this year. In his final four starts, he went 0-2 with a 12.15 ERA.
Glen Perkins underwent arthroscopic right knee surgery Oct. 1, but he should be ready for spring training, the Twins announced. Perkins grabbed the closer role with both hands and made it his own this season. He had 36 saves, which doubled his entire career output. He became coveted around the trade deadline, but the Twins never showed an inkling of interest in trying to deal their closer of the future. Perkins was an anchor for a bullpen that has been one of the best in the league the past two seasons. Signed through 2015, he won't be going anywhere soon.
--OF Darin Mastroianni underwent left ankle surgery Oct. 16, a follow-up to his surgery on the same joint in May, but he is expected to be fully healed in time for spring training, the Twins announced. Mastroianni, 28, hit .185/.229/.215 with no homers and five RBIs in 30 games for Minnesota this year.
--RF Wilkin Ramirez, who missed the final month of the season due to a fractured left tibia, was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester on Oct. 22. He could refuse the assignment and opt to become a free agent. Ramirez, 27, hit .272/.302/.370 with no homers and six RBIs in 35 games with Minnesota this year.
--RHP Duke Welker was acquired by the Twins from the Pirates as the player to be named in the trade that sent OF Alex Presley to Minnesota for 1B Justin Morneau. Welker made his major league debut earlier this season and did not allow a run in two relief appearances and 1 1/3 innings. With Triple-A Indianapolis, he went 3-4 with nine saves and a 3.48 ERA in 47 games.
--INF Doug Bernier, four days after undergoing arthroscopic right elbow surgery, was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester on Oct. 4. He subsequently declined the assignment and became a free agent. Bernier, 33, hit .226/.339/.283 with no homers and five RBIs in 33 games for Minnesota this year.
--RHP Josh Roenicke, RHP Shairon Martis and OF Clete Thomas, outrighted to Triple-A Rochester earlier in October, opted to become free agents. Roenicke, 31, appeared in 63 games for Minnesota in 2013, finishing 3-1 with a 4.35 ER. Martis, 26, made six relief appearances for the Twins, going 0-1 with a 5.59 ERA. Thomas, 29, hit .214/.290/.307 with four homers and 13 RBIs in 92 games.
--RHP Cole De Vries, outrighted to Triple-A Rochester shortly after the season ended, is expected to become a six-year minor league free agent in November. De Vries, 28, went 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA in four games (two starts) for Minnesota this year, missing much of the season with a forearm injury.
--RHP Mike Pelfrey slowly returned from May 2012 Tommy John surgery to, by season's end, become the pitcher the Twins hoped for when they signed him in the offseason. Pelfrey will be a free agent, but he has made it known that he is interested in returning to the team. After going through his post-surgery season, the team may well try to sign him and potentially experience what they were looking for in 2013.
--LF Josh Willingham will be in the third year of the 3-year, $21 million free agent contract he signed in 2012 (purportedly the biggest one in team history). He has had one good year (2012) and one bad one (2013) thus far, and before his injury, his name came up often in trade rumors. That is likely to be the case in 2014.
--2B Brian Dozier had a breakout year both offensively and defensively and is one of the bright spots in an otherwise dismal forecast for the Twins. He showed versatility at the plate batting leadoff, second or third. He even showed some power, knocking out a team-leading 18 home runs. When he wasn't making "SportsCenter's" Top 10 plays, he was assisting in double plays that helped make the Twin a leader in that category all season. The job of second base is secure for 2014.
--RHP Kyle Gibson had been the object of much anticipation as fans clamored all season for him to be called up. It finally happened in late June and played to mixed results. He came up on June 29, compiled a 2-4 record with 6.53 ERA and was back down in the minors by Aug. 20. Gibson is a big part of the Twins future, and certainly he benefitted from the experience, but he will need to pitch better next season to become reliable fixture in the rotation.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I would like to think that I am going to be able to get Gardy some people here. But I am not sure exactly what it (the starting rotation) is going to look like in spring training." -- General manager Terry Ryan, on what he expects the roster to look like next year.
MLB Team Report - Minnesota Twins - ROSTER REPORT
With the midseason trade of Justin Morneau and his contract coming off the books, the Twins should have plenty of money to play with in the free agent market this offseason. That doesn't guarantee they will dive in deep, however. While they spent some money the last two seasons, general manager Terry Ryan believes building should happen from within -- and he has a loaded farm system to back him up. The Twins need to do both, bring up some hot prospects and sign some veteran leadership who can help them win next season, or there will be no one in the seats to watch those young players when they finally do make it to the big leagues.
BIGGEST NEEDS: Starting pitching is the biggest need for Minnesota, as it has been for several seasons. The team should start by signing their own free agent Mike Pelfrey and then head outside the organization to bolster a staff that is young and underachieved in 2013. The Twins could also use an established leadoff hitter (they struggled all season to find one) and add some power to the middle of the order in the absence of Justin Morneau and struggles of Josh Willingham.
FREE AGENTS: RHP Nick Blackburn, RHP Mike Pelfrey
Pelfrey should be a priority signing for the Twins since he will be a season removed from Tommy John surgery, he got stronger as the season went on and he wants to return to Minnesota. He may want a multi-year deal, which might be tough to swallow for the rebuilding Twins, but they will need his veteran leadership. Blackburn spent the entire season in minor leagues recovering from a couple injuries. If he comes back it will have to be at a significantly reduced price from his previous deal ($3.5 million per season). Blackburn's time as a Twin may be done.