5/2/63: Acquired RHP Jim Perry from Cleveland for LHP Jack Kralick
Though the Twins finished third in the American League in 1963, they did have an impressive 91-70 record. Part of that was due to the arm of Perry, who was an All-Star in Cleveland before coming to Minnesota. During the 1963 campaign, Perry was 9-9 with a 3.83 ERA and five complete games in 168 1/3 innings for the Twins. The impact of that in-season acquisition lasted longer than just the 1963 season, however. Perry went on to pitch for Minnesota until 1972 and was a key member of the rotation on the 1965 team that went to the World Series. In 1970, Perry led the American League with 21 wins and a whopping 13 complete games (40 starts) en route to winning the AL Cy Young Award. Kralick, whom the Twins gave up to get Perry in 1963, pitched for the Indians for four more seasons, compiling a 20-24 record and a 3.79 ERA.
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6/15/1964: Acquired RHP Jim "Mudcat" Grant from Cleveland for 3B George Banks and P Lee Strange
For the second straight season, the Twins made a trade with Cleveland in which Minnesota seemingly got the better end of the deal. The Twins traded for Grant relatively early in the season, as he ended up making 23 starts for Minnesota that year. Not only that, but he proved to be arguably the Twins' best starting pitcher during the 1964 season. Grant went 11-9 with a 2.82 ERA and pitched 10 complete games and one shutout. The Twins wound up with a 79-83 record that season, but the acquisition of Grant helped set up Minnesota's run to the World Series one year later. In 1965, Grant led the league with 21 wins and six shutouts. He posted a 3.30 ERA in 41 games (39 starts) to help the Twins win the American League championship. Meanwhile, Banks played just two more seasons in the majors, while Strange spent six more years as a big league reliever for Cleveland, Boston and the White Sox.
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7/31/1989: Acquired pitchers Rick Aguilera, Tim Drummond, Jack Savage, Kevin Tapani and David West from the Mets for OF Loy McBride and RHP Frank Viola
The number of players alone in this trade made it a unique one, but the Twins also acquired some serious talent in exchange for McBride and Viola. Aguilera started 11 games after the trade that season but eventually became a three-time All-Star closer for Minnesota, including on the Twins' 1991 World Series championship team. Tapani also enjoyed success with the Twins, going 75-63 with a 4.06 ERA in seven seasons with Minnesota, including 16 wins during that 1991 season. Though Viola went on to appear in two All-Star Games with the Mets, the Twins waited until after his Cy Young season in 1988 to unload him for a handful of pitchers.
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7/16/03: Acquired OF Shannon Stewart and LHP Dave Gassner from Toronto for OF Bobby Kielty
Kielty was productive for Minnesota before he was dealt, hitting nine homers and driving in 32 runs in 75 games as a 26-year-old outfielder. However, the numbers Stewart put up after joining the Twins were even better. The 29-year-old Stewart batted .322 with a .384 on-base percentage while hitting six home runs, 22 doubles, and driving in 38 in 65 games after the trade. On the day Minnesota dealt for Stewart, the Twins were 7 1/2 games back in the American League Central. Thanks in large part to the spark provided by Stewart, Minnesota quickly closed that gap and wound up winning the division by four games. After the 2003 season, Stewart re-signed with the Twins for three more seasons. In his four seasons with Minnesota, Stewart hit .296 with 29 home runs and 162 RBI.
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7/31/09: Acquired SS Orlando Cabrera from Oakland for INF Tyler Ladendorf
Needing to solidify the shortstop position as well as inject some life into the lineup, Minnesota worked a deal with the A's to bring the 34-year-old Cabrera into the mix at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. At the time, the Twins were still just a few games back in the American League Central in what was proving to be a very competitive division. The acquisition of Cabrera turned out to be key. He batted .289 with five home runs and 36 RBI in just 34 games to help the Twins force a Game 163 against Detroit to determine the division winner. In that back-and-forth game, Cabrera hit a two-run go-ahead homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to put Minnesota up 4-3. The Twins went on to win the game 6-5 in the 13th inning, and Cabrera's contributions not only in that game but also in the final two months of the season helped Minnesota win the AL Central. Ladendorf, who was in Single-A Beloit when he was traded, has yet to play in the major leagues.