10 Year Anniversary of THE TRADE
Posted 14 November 2013 - 12:40 PM
What were you doing 10 years ago today. Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times write today that Terry Ryan and Brian Sabean made a trade in which the Twins sent AJ Pierzynski to the Giants for a reliever coming off of his first season back from injury (Joe Nathan), a top 100 pitching prospect (Boof Bonser), and a throw-in from the lower levels of the minor leagues who had fought injuries and pitched very little in his last couple of years (Francisco Liriano). Pierzynski spent just one year with the Giants before they tired of him. Bonser didn't become a star. Liriano had his ups and downs but at his best, he was sure exciting! And Joe Nathan became the best closer in Twins history, and one of the best in baseball for a 6-7 year stretch. Good memories! Check out the article and discuss.
Posted 14 November 2013 - 09:01 PM
Boof Bonser, we hardly knew you.
@BaseballPirate: Mike Pelfrey is a Sasquatch. Drew Butera is the #BoatAnchor. Nick Punto is my spirit animal.
Posted 14 November 2013 - 11:09 PM
There aren't too many relievers that wouldn't get traded for a starting catcher.
Posted 15 November 2013 - 09:30 AM
Yep, he must have been a good 250-260 pounds.
Oh you mean pitching...?
Yeah, if you recall, the 06 team chased down the Tigers (who had one of the greatest collapse in history). In his last 10 starts, the team went 7-3 while he threw over 60 innings to a 3.26 era. And that was after Liriano and Radke had gone down and Silva and Baker were crapping the bed most of the season. He was really big for us. And he pitched ok in game 2. Really wish he had had a better career.
Posted 15 November 2013 - 03:46 PM