First good sign of the year, Mauer in the 2 hole.
Actually, IMO, the trade wasn't a wash (and stop calling me shirley:roll:), Reed actually hurt the Twins in 2001 (which apparently was the point of the trade?) and the point of my post was to emphasize that Lawton was a very productive player and attractive trade bait at the time for the Twins in 01 and continued being productive for an extended period of time after. Reed pitched well for the Twins in 2002, but was very lousy in 01 and his career ended ignominiously in 03 with a 5.07 ERA and a commensurate collapse of career peripherals. The trade has to be regarded as a failure for the Twins, as they at least theoretically could have traded for "less-proven but more upside" talent of a younger age than Lawton (who was near 31 at the time of the trade). With one of the primary focal points in 2013 being who gets traded in-season, and for what talent is acquired in return, it's incumbent on the FO to take a little risk (like with the Meyer and May off-season trades) and attempt to get as much potential upside+ level players that could be part of the long-term solution and not the "safe" 37 year old retreads (Rick Reed) and/or cheap alternatives that the trading partners comfortably regard as so much detritus.
Congrats to Nick on the spot-on lineup!
In 2002, Lawton posted a 1.2 WAR for Cleveland while Reed posted a 2.8 WAR for the Twins.
In 2003, Lawton posted another 1.2 WAR for Cleveland and Reed posted a 0.9 WAR for the Twins.
I don't know how that trade can be considered anything but a wash, with a slight nod toward the Twins if you have to choose a "winner".
Yeah, that 2001 team was in rough shape, pitching-wise, after Radke, Milton, and Mays. Santana was injured (and not yet dominant), Kyle Lohse just got called up from AA I think, Adam Johnson and Brad Thomas had already struggled...
And while Lawton was having a solid year (crazy to look back at his K/BB numbers), he had some issues with the Twins front office, was going year-to-year on his contracts, and was up for his final arb season in 2002. I don't think his value was as high as it might seem from the numbers.
Those are the kind of good trades good GM's make, was it a highway robbery ala the Frank Viola or AJ deals? Of course not, but it was a very good move for the Twins that ultimately helped get them to the playoffs and ALCS the next year.