Prior to the Friday deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft, the Twins added three to their 40-man roster while removing one. Now on the Major League roster are outfielder Oswaldo Arcia, right-handed pitcher Carlos Gutierrez and left-handed pitcher Tyler Robertson. To make room, right-handed pitcher David Bromberg was sent outright to Triple-A Rochester. Arcia, the Twins' No. 4 prospect, batted .291 with 13 home runs and 51 RBIs for Minnesota's Gulf Coast League team, Class A Beloit and Class A Advanced Fort Myers. The 20-year-old Venezuelan was signed by the Twins as a non-drafted free agent on July 4, 2007.
Minnesota's first-round pick (27th overall) in 2008 and the club's No. 7 prospect, Gutierrez appeared in 43 games at Triple-A Rochester this past season, going 2-3 with a 4.62 ERA, 31 walks and 57 strikeouts. Robertson appeared in 55 games at Double-A New Britain, going 10-3 with a 3.61 ERA, 16 saves, 29 walks and 88 strikeouts. He was the Twins' third-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. The deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft was Friday at 10:59 p.m. CT. Players first signed at age 18 or younger have to be added to 40-man rosters within five years, or clubs risk exposing them to other organizations that could pluck them through the Rule 5 process. Players signed at 19 or older have to be protected within four years. Clubs pay $50,000 to select a player in the Rule 5 Draft, to be held on Dec. 8 at the conclusion of the Winter Meetings in Dallas. If that player doesn't stay on the 25-man roster the full season, he must be offered back to his former team for $25,000. The Twins also agreed to terms on Minor League contracts with right-handed pitchers Jason Bulger, Sam Deduno, Luis Perdomo and Brendan Wise, and outfielders Matt Carson and Wilkin Ramirez.