Seven long years ago, the Minnesota Twins made a huge trade. An organization that has been on the right side of a lot of trades, found themselves on the wrong side of the deal with the New York Metropolitans.
The Twins dealt ace, all-star, Cy Young winner Johan Santana to the Mets for a pinch of players who had minimal impact on the Twins organization. Minnesota got the following: Deolis Guerra, Philip Humber, Kevin Mulvery and Carlos Gomez.
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Guerra is still in the Twins organization, but has not yet pitched at the major league level. Last season Guerra was at Triple-A Rochester coming out of the bullpen with a modest level of success.
Mulvery appeared in a grand total of two games for the Minnesota Twins in 2009 pitching 1.1 innings of work. Mulvery appeared in 10 total games in his MLB career with the last eight coming between 2009 and 2010 with the Arizona Diamonbacks.
Humber never made a start with the Twins in 13 appearances. He logged 20.2 innings of work with a 6.10 ERA in his limited time with the Twins. Humber had a starting gig with the White Sox for a while, but never panned out as the pitcher was supposed to be.
Gomez made the biggest impact on the Twins, but was mishandled. The Twins needed to show an impact from the Santana trade and Gomez was the man. Gomez was rushed to the majors when he was not ready. He was a fan favorite, but did not have polished skills. Gomez has made the All-Star Game and received MVP votes the last two years with the Milwaukee Brewers. Plus he won a Gold Glove in 2013.
Seven years ago, the Minnesota Twins traded one of the best pitchers in baseball away and both teams were never really the same. Both parties have found success in their time apart, but never to the level they found together.
Now the once shining star, looks to be done.