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1988 Minnesota Twins

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1987 / 1989

91-71, Finished 2nd in AL West (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Tom Kelly (91-71)
GM: Andy MacPhail, Farm Dir: Jim Rantz, Scouting Dir: Terry Ryan
Scored 759 runs, Allowed 672 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 90-72

Ballparks: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome · Attendance: 3,030,672 (1st of 14)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 102, Pitching - 102 · one-year: Batting - 106, Pitching - 106

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1987 / 1989 Trades and Transactions

Transactions listed are from November 1 of previous year to April 1 of the following year.

October 15, 1987

Eric Bullock granted Free Agency.

Alvaro Espinoza granted Free Agency.

Tom Gorman granted Free Agency.

Randy Niemann granted Free Agency.

Jim Wilson granted Free Agency.

October 23, 1987

Signed Dwight Lowry as a free agent.

November 7, 1987

Signed Eric Bullock as a free agent.

November 9, 1987

Juan Berenguer granted Free Agency.

George Frazier granted Free Agency.

Gary Gaetti granted Free Agency.

Tim Laudner granted Free Agency.

November 12, 1987

Released Jeff Bittiger.

December, 1987

Signed Francisco Oliveras as a free agent.

December 7, 1987

Signed T.R. Bryden as a free agent.

Signed Bryan Clark as a free agent.

Signed Don Schulze as a free agent.

December 18, 1987

Traded a player to be named later to the Boston Red Sox. Received Don Baylor. The Minnesota Twins sent Enrique Rios (minors) (December 18, 1987) to the Boston Red Sox to complete the trade.

December 21, 1987

Released Don Baylor.

Released Sal Butera.

Released Steve Carlton.

Released Dan Schatzeder.

Released Mike Smithson.

December 22, 1987

Signed Juan Berenguer as a free agent.

December 29, 1987

Signed Rich Garces as an amateur free agent.

January, 1988

Signed Vic Rodriguez as a free agent.

January 4, 1988

Signed Brian Harper as a free agent.

January 5, 1988

Signed Sal Butera as a free agent.

January 7, 1988

Signed Gary Gaetti as a free agent.

January 18, 1988

Signed Kelvin Torve as a free agent.

January 22, 1988

Joe Niekro granted Free Agency.

January 29, 1988

Signed Steve Carlton as a free agent.

February 3, 1988

Signed Tim Laudner as a free agent.

February 4, 1988

Signed Charlie Lea as a free agent.

February 5, 1988

Traded Chris Calvert (minors) to the Philadelphia Phillies. Received Freddie Toliver.

February 9, 1988

Signed Joe Niekro as a free agent.

February 24, 1988

Traded Julius McDougal (minors) to the Detroit Tigers. Received Doug Baker.

March, 1988

Released Bryan Clark.

March 18, 1988

Released Sal Butera.

March 24, 1988

Traded Billy Beane to the Detroit Tigers. Received Balvino Galvez.

March 28, 1988

Traded Don Schulze to the Detroit Tigers. Received Karl Best.

March 31, 1988

Signed Bernardo Brito as a free agent.

Traded Joe Klink to the Oakland Athletics. Received a player to be named later. The Oakland Athletics sent Russell Kibler (minors) (June 25, 1988) to the Minnesota Twins to complete the trade.

April 4, 1988 (Standings)

Signed Tippy Martinez as a free agent.

April 5, 1988 (Standings)

Signed John Moses as a free agent.

Signed Jim Winn as a free agent.

April 6, 1988 (Standings)

Signed Tom Gilles as a free agent.

April 10, 1988 (Standings)

Signed Mike Mason as a free agent.

April 21, 1988 (Standings)

Released Tippy Martinez.

April 22, 1988 (Standings)

Traded Tom Brunansky to the St. Louis Cardinals. Received Tom Herr.

April 28, 1988 (Standings)

Released Steve Carlton.

May 4, 1988 (Standings)

Released Joe Niekro.

May 28, 1988 (Standings)

Signed John Christensen as a free agent.

June 1, 1988 (Standings)

Drafted Alan Newman in the 2nd round of the 1988 amateur draft. Player signed June 4, 1988.

Drafted Steve Dunn in the 4th round of the 1988 amateur draft.

Drafted Pat Mahomes in the 6th round of the 1988 amateur draft. Player signed June 6, 1988.

Drafted Doug Simons in the 9th round of the 1988 amateur draft.

Drafted J.T. Bruett in the 11th round of the 1988 amateur draft.

Drafted Aaron Sele in the 37th round of the 1988 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

June 27, 1988 (Standings)

Signed Dan Schatzeder as a free agent.

July 20, 1988 (Standings)

Signed Mike Misuraca as an amateur free agent.

August 16, 1988 (Standings)

Traded Karl Best to the San Francisco Giants. Received Alan Cockrell.

August 29, 1988 (Standings)

Traded a player to be named later to the Baltimore Orioles. Received Jim Dwyer. The Minnesota Twins sent Doug Kline (minors) (August 31, 1988) to the Baltimore Orioles to complete the trade.

October 15, 1988 (Standings)

Dwight Lowry granted Free Agency.

October 24, 1988

Traded Eric Bullock, Tom Herr and Tom Nieto to the Philadelphia Phillies. Received Shane Rawley and cash.

November 3, 1988

Traded Kevin Trudeau (minors) and Bert Blyleven to the California Angels. Received Rob Wassenaar (minors), Mike Cook and Paul Sorrento.

November 4, 1988

Randy Bush granted Free Agency.

Jim Dwyer granted Free Agency.

Tim Laudner granted Free Agency.

Charlie Lea granted Free Agency.

Dan Schatzeder granted Free Agency.

November 23, 1988

Signed Manny Hernandez as a free agent.

November 30, 1988

Signed Greg Olson as a free agent.

December 4, 1988

Traded Mark Portugal to the Houston Astros. Received a player to be named later. The Houston Astros sent Todd McClure (minors) (December 7, 1988) to the Minnesota Twins to complete the trade.

December 5, 1988

Drafted Gary Wayne from the Montreal Expos in the 1988 rule 5 draft.

December 6, 1988

Tom Gilles selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1988 minor league draft.

Signed Jim Dwyer as a free agent.

December 7, 1988

Traded Jeff Bumgarner (minors), Steve Gasser (minors) and Toby Nivens (minors) to the New York Mets. Received Mike Santiago (minors) and Wally Backman.

December 12, 1988

Signed Randy Bush as a free agent.

December 19, 1988

Signed Tim Laudner as a free agent.

December 21, 1988

Released John Christensen.

December 30, 1988

Signed Orlando Mercado as a free agent.

February 13, 1989

Signed Lee Tunnell as a free agent.

February 28, 1989

Signed Carlos Pulido as an amateur free agent.

March 20, 1989

Traded Balvino Galvez to the New York Yankees. Received Steve Shields.

March 21, 1989

Traded Steve Lombardozzi to the Houston Astros. Received players to be named later. The Houston Astros sent Ramon Cedeno (minors) (September 16, 1989) and Gordon Farmer (minors) (September 16, 1989) to the Minnesota Twins to complete the trade.

March 26, 1989

Traded Keith Atherton to the Cleveland Indians. Received Carmelo Castillo.

April 1, 1989

Signed Randy St. Claire as a free agent.

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1987 / 1989 Trades and Transactions