Notes: DePaula added to 40-man roster

Notes: Latest shift brings DePaula to roster

MINNEAPOLIS -- October is often the time when clubs make changes to their 40-man roster, and that's exactly what the Twins have been doing of late.

The most recent change came this week when the Twins added right-handed pitcher Julio DePaula to the 40-man roster.

DePaula went a combined 3-3 with a 2.09 ERA and 10 saves in 51 appearances in the Minors this past season. He started the year at Class A Fort Myers and pitched in eight games before being moved up to Double-A New Britain where he went 2-2 with a 2.57 ERA in 43 relief appearances.

The move to add DePaula to the roster comes one week after the Twins outrighted left-handed pitchers Dave Gassner and Justin Jones and infielder Terry Tiffee off the 40-man roster.

Both Gassner, 27, and Tiffee, 27, have spent time in the Majors but never secured a spot at that level. Tiffee batted .244 (11-for-45) with one double, two homers and six RBIs. Gassner spent most of the 2006 season on the disabled list with a left elbow strain and went 2-0 with a 4.73 ERA in six games for Triple-A Rochester after being reinstated.

Tiffee now becomes a free agent since he has spent six years in the Minor Leagues, but he could still re-sign with the Twins.

Jones, 22, was the only one of the three that had not spent time in the Majors. The only player acquired by the Twins when they dealt Doug Mientkiewicz to Boston as part of a four-team trade in 2004, Jones began the year at Fort Myers. The southpaw went 1-3 with a 5.20 ERA in 10 starts before he was promoted to New Britain, where he had a 2-2 record and a 3.25 ERA.

In addition to outrighting the three players, the Twins also reinstated outfielder Shannon Stewart from the 60-day disabled list. It's a move that seems only for paper, as Stewart will become a free agent this winter and is not expected to be back with the Twins.

Stewart traveled with the Twins during their lone playoff series and said on the trip that he is debating whether to have surgery on his injured left foot that caused him to miss 106 games this season. The surgery is a bit risky, as Stewart was told that it could be career-ending if it is not successful. Stewart said that he also is looking into shockwave therapy, a fairly new treatment for the injury.

Decision time: A main priority for the Twins this offseason is to address their starting rotation and hopefully add at least one more veteran arm.

The Twins know that they will be thin in that area if they are to be without Brad Radke and Francisco Liriano, who could also be missing from the starting rotation due to his mysterious elbow ailment.

It is expected that Radke will announce his retirement shortly, but the pitcher said that he will take a couple of weeks before calling a press conference, which likely will take place sometime in early November.

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said that he does not have a specific timetable for Radke's decision and that he will not hurry the 12-year veteran

"He can take his time," Ryan said.

One other decision will likely come before the Twins start searching for another arm, as the club has five days after the World Series to pick up a $4.325 option on right-hander Carlos Silva.

Restructuring process: When Wayne Krivsky left the Twins organization to become GM of the Cincinnati Reds, it left a hole in the club's front office.

As an assistant GM for the Twins, Krivsky was in charge of arbitration cases. With arbitration right around the corner, there seems to be a bit of urgency to get the situation settled.

Ryan said that he is still working on the structure of the front office for the upcoming season and that the changes will be announced in the coming weeks.

Overseas bound: Johan Santana, Joe Mauer and Joe Nathan were among the 27 players that will head to Japan this November as part of a six-game All-Star tour. It's the 10th All-Star series that has taken place between the Major Leagues and Japan since 1986.

The Major League All-Stars will workout in Phoenix from Oct. 27-29 before flying to Tokyo, where they will play the Yomiuri Giants on Nov. 2. The remaining five games will be against the Nippon Professional Baseball All-Stars. Three of those will be played at the Tokyo Dome (Nov. 3-5), with the venue switching to the Kyocera Dome in Osaka on Nov. 7. The finale of the trip will be at the Yahoo Dome in Fukuoka the following day.

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.