• Twins Scorecard Excerpt: Twins Trade Deadline Deals

    by Nick Nelson

    If you're not familiar with the Twins' Official $1 Scorecard, you should be. It's sold at the program stands near the entrances to Target Field, and it's only one buck. How many things can you buy at the ballgame for a dollar? Aside from providing the necessary tools for a scorekeeper to do his/her thing, the scorecard also includes content that changes for each series. Even if Nick Nelson wasn't the guy supplying that content this year, I'd highly recommend picking up a copy each time you make it out to the park. It may be the best value at Target Field.

    Below you'll find an excerpt from the Twins' side of the next coming scorecard, which will be available during the Orioles series when action resumes after the All-Star break.

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    Notable Trade Deadlines for the Twins

    With the non-waiver trade deadline just a couple short weeks away, here’s a look at some memorable past deadlines during the Ron Gardenhire era:

    2003: Twins trade OF Bobby Kielty to Blue Jays for OF Shannon Stewart and SP Dave Gassner.
    The Twins carried an eight-game losing streak into the All-Star Game, pushing them 7.5 games out in a division they’d been on top of for much of the first half. Needing an offensive spark, they acquired Stewart during the break and installed him as their leadoff man. They never looked back, going 46-23 the rest of the way as Stewart hit .322/.384/.470 and even picked up a few MVP votes.

    2004: Twins trade 1B Doug Mientkiewicz to Red Sox, receive SP Justin Jones in four-team swap.

    This move was more about clearing space at first base for Justin Morneau than loading up for the stretch run. It worked out well for both sides – Mientkiewicz won a World Series that year in Boston, while Morneau was an MVP two years later.

    2005: Twins acquire 2B Bret Boone from Mariners.
    Remember Bret Boone? The offense-starved Twins hoped to catch lightning in a bottle by snagging the former star slugger, but he proved to have nothing left in the tank. Boone batted .170 in 13 games for the Twins and was done as a big-leaguer after that.

    2007: Twins trade 2B Luis Castillo to Mets for OF Dustin Martin and C Drew Butera.
    In one of the only “sell” moves that the Twins have made in the past 10 years, they unloaded the veteran Castillo and his salary for a pair of prospects. The purpose was to compete while making room for Alexi Casilla, but the Twins didn’t make the postseason that year.

    2009: Twins trade SS Tyler Ladendorf to Athletics for SS Orlando Cabrera.
    Cabrera flashed impressive pop after coming over on July 31, hitting five homers down the stretch including a key blast in the Twins’ AL Central tiebreaker victory over the Tigers.

    2010: Twins trade C Wilson Ramos to Nationals for RP Matt Capps
    Seeking to shore up the closer position, the Twins dealt away their top catching prospect for the experienced right-hander. Capps was very effective the rest of the year, though he’s had some ups and downs over the rest of his tenure in Minnesota.



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    Comments 11 Comments
    1. DAM DC Twins Fans's Avatar
      DAM DC Twins Fans -
      Good value for a $1. Yes, but our local teams (Nats and Os) offer free programs--better value--probably not as much material...but price is right.
    1. jimbo92107's Avatar
      jimbo92107 -
      I would still trade Capps back to the Nationals for Ramos and his bad knee. Easier to find a closer than a good catcher that can hit.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by jimbo92107 View Post
      I would still trade Capps back to the Nationals for Ramos and his bad knee. Easier to find a closer than a good catcher that can hit.
      I would love to see this trade, but suspect that the Nationals would say no.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      Ya, they would laugh at you.
    1. Top Gun's Avatar
      Top Gun -
      That Luis Castillo trade was a bad one.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by jimbo92107 View Post
      I would still trade Capps back to the Nationals for Ramos and his bad knee. Easier to find a closer than a good catcher that can hit.
      I would also like to trade Ben Revere for Mike Trout.
    1. ltwedt's Avatar
      ltwedt -
      Yup - picked up one yesterday - had a photo of Brian Dozier ID'd as Joe Mauer! Interesting!
    1. DPJ's Avatar
      DPJ -
      Still hate the Casillo sell cause that's the moment you knew Johan was done with Minnesota.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      If you look at those top 4 transactions that happened by the current interim GM, only in the first one he got more than he gave or resulted in improving the club. The other 3 moves were busts and one of them (getting Butera for Castillo) is still hurting the Twins... Gotta have confidence on Ryan...
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by thrylos98 View Post
      If you look at those top 4 transactions that happened by the current interim GM, only in the first one he got more than he gave or resulted in improving the club. The other 3 moves were busts and one of them (getting Butera for Castillo) is still hurting the Twins... Gotta have confidence on Ryan...
      LOL wow.
      The Stewart trade was a huge win.

      The Mientiqiidontknowhowtospellit trade was simply dumping a medicore player to open up a spot for a superior player behind him (Morneau). How was that a bust?

      They got Boone for nothing, he sucked but it's not like they gave up anything.

      Castillo was a salary dump 100%, say what you want about Butera but he did develop into one of the best defensive catchers in the game, and though he shouldn't be in the majors he would be a nice player in AAA to work with the pitchers. Dustin Martin ended up being a AAAA player.

      Not sure those were exactly "busts" just more "meh" then anything else. A bust is when you trade Ramos for Capps or Garza/Bartlett for Young.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by DPJ View Post
      Still hate the Casillo sell cause that's the moment you knew Johan was done with Minnesota.
      Please, if Minnesota would have offered him the same contract the Mets gave him he would have signed here in a minute. Johan was done with Minnesota because the Twins decided to invest that money in Mauer instead.
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