[quote name='old nurse'][quote name='Fire Dan Gladden'][quote name='old nurse']@SVD (better than an STD) What the Twins got for Viola
A pitcher that the Twins could have gotten for a low level prospect that they turned into a closer. A pitcher with an undistinguished Milb record that had a great three year run and three stiffs.[/QUOTE]
Wow. How soon we forget. David West was a highly coveted (maybe the most coveted) prospect/young pitcher at the time. Aguilera was a solid #3/4 starter at the time. Tapani was an upper prospect. Drummond and Savage were throw ins.
A solid starter, 2 high end prospects, and 2 low end prospects is a pretty good haul for a B+ pitcher (Slightly below the Clemens/Maddux level at the time) at the trade deadline.[/QUOTE]
Aggie was not considered a solid starter. If he was, they would not have converted him to a reliever. He was going back and forth between the rotation and bullpen in New York after some early success .
In the Times archives, West was cosidered the prize. Tapani and Savage had been filler in earlier trades.[/QUOTE]
You are so wrong I don't even know where to start. Here is the transaction via BR:July 31, 1989
: Traded by the Minnesota Twins
to the New York Mets
for a player to be named later, Rick Aguilera
, Tim Drummond
, Kevin Tapani
and David West
. The New York Mets
sent Jack Savage
(October 16, 1989) to the Minnesota Twins
to complete the trade.
Tapani and Savage were part of this trade. Tapani a big part. You are correct in that, at the time, West was considered the prize.
1985-87 Aguilera was a combined 31-17, with an ERA around 3.50. He was hurt in 1988, in 1989 he was partially in the pen out of necessity for the Mets, when he came to the Twins he was a FT starter. It wasn't until that offseason, when the Jeff Reardon left as a FA that Aguilera was asked to become the closer. At the time, he strongly resisted the move. He didn't want to do it. Lucky for us, he took to it pretty well.
Next time get your facts straight.