Monday, July 19, 2010

Transaction Tracker: Minnesota Twins

Let's take a look at a handful of trades by the Minnesota Twins from the last couple of seasons. I'll combine them all into two lists, to show who they (really) gave up and who they (really) now have.


Out:
Jared Camp

In:
Deolis Guerra
SS JJ Hardy
Jon Rauch
*P Philip Humber
cash

*no longer with team

These acquisitions look really, really good for the Twins. One name is missing, but that all starts with Mr. Camp. He was traded to the Florida Marlins in December of 1999 for a certain Johan Santana and cash. Greatest trade ever? Perhaps so. He pitched brilliantly for the Twins for 8 seasons before his cost forced them to trade him to the Mets for Guerra, Humber, Kevin Mulvey, and Carlos Gomez. This proved within a year to be a steal for New York. That is for sure, especially considering the deals for Santana Twins GM Bill Smith previously turned down. Smith has, however, somewhat redeemed himself in the recent past. Mulvey was shipped to Arizona for current Twins closer Rauch right before September 2009. Gomez was dealt to Milwaukee for current Twins starting shortstop Hardy. Regardless of stats, I call that a win since that means less at-bats for Nick Punto. So we salute former Minnesota GM Terry Ryan and Camp for bringing to their team a Cy Young winner. We also acknowledge GM Smith for somewhat correcting an awful deal when he sent Santana to the Mets.

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