2012 Twins roster in for some changes

The 2012 Minnesota Twins roster probably won't resemble the 2011 roster very much. Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel will be free-agents while Matt Capps and Joe Nathan could also end up elsewhere. Those are some of the names on a roster full of question marks.
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The 2012 Minnesota Twins roster probably won't resemble the 2011 roster very much. Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel will be free-agents while Matt Capps and Joe Nathan could also end up elsewhere. Those are some of the names on a roster full of question marks.

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