Minnesota Twins: Finding the Falvine Duo’s Batting Average as GM

Thad Levine, General Manager and Derek Falvey, Chief Baseball Officer for the Minnesota Twins look on. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Thad Levine, General Manager and Derek Falvey, Chief Baseball Officer for the Minnesota Twins look on. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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Starting pitcher Jake Odorizzi of the Minnesota Twins throws against the Kansas City Royals. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) /

Minnesota Twins Free Agent Trades of the Falvine Era Pt. 1

October 2016-March 2017

  • Minnesota Twins traded RHP Miguel Diaz to San Diego Padres for RHP Justin Haley. (Draw)
  • Minnesota Twins traded RHP Pat Light to Pittsburgh Pirates for Player To Be Named Later. (Draw)

April 2017-March 2018

  • Twins traded LF Danny Santana to Atlanta Braves for cash and LHP Kevin Chapman. (Miss)
  • Twins traded LHP Jason Wheeler to Los Angeles Dodgers for cash. (Draw)
  • Twins traded RHP Huascar Ynoa to Atlanta Braves for C Anthony Recker and LHP Jaime Garcia. (Miss)
  • Twins traded RHP Nick Tepesch to Toronto Blue Jays for cash (Draw)
  • Twins traded C John Ryan Murphy to Arizona Diamondbacks for LHP Gabriel Moya. (Hit)
  • Twins traded LHP Jaime Garcia to New York Yankees for LHP Dietrich Enns and RHP Zack Littell. (Hit)
  • Twins traded RHP Brandon Kintzler to Washington Nationals for Future Considerations (international bonus money) and LHP Tyler Watson (Miss)
  • Twins traded Future Considerations to Seattle Mariners for C David Banuelos (Draw)
  • Twins traded Future Considerations to Los Angeles Angels for LF Jacob Pearson (Draw)
  • Twins traded SS Jermaine Palacios to Tampa Bay Rays for RHP Jake Odorizzi (Hit)
  • Twins traded RHP Luis Gil to New York Yankees for CF Jake Cave. (Hit)

What a year of trades. There were several really good trades, a couple truly awful ones, and lots of meh in between. We’ll start with the worst of the bunch.

The trade sending Danny Santana away wasn’t great, as anytime you send away a usable player for a pitcher who never made it back to the big leagues isn’t great. Shipping away a pitching prospect with upside away (Ynoa) for a mediocre pitcher you only get one start out of? Even worse.

Trades sending out Jason Wheeler and Nick Tepesch for cash and bringing in for David Banuelos and Jacob Pearson for virtually nothing even out as draws, and the Brandon Kintzler trade can’t fully be evaluated right now, but they should have gotten more. The Gabriel Moya deal offered a little more upside.

The biggest two wins of these trades were for guys named Jake. The Jake Odorizzi Deal was a huge success, as Palacios has fizzled in High-A while Odorizzi was an All-Star and has been a great starter. Luis Gil is also stuck in High-A while Cave has turned into a useful backup.

Batting Average for Falvine on Minnesota Twins Trades in 2016-2018: .571

How about that. The Falvine duo is stellar when it comes to trades, and  they show it here. Hitting on over 57% of their trades is a truly really good number, and coming away with some key pieces for a couple of division winners is a good deal.