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1998 Minnesota Twins

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1997 / 1999

70-92, Finished 4th in AL Central (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Tom Kelly (70-92)
GM: Terry Ryan, Farm Dir: Jim Rantz, Scouting Dir: Mike Radcliff
Scored 734 runs, Allowed 818 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 73-89

Ballparks: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome · Attendance: 1,165,976 (14th of 14)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 101, Pitching - 102 · one-year: Batting - 99, Pitching - 100

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1997 / 1999 Trades and Transactions

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

October 1, 1997

Traded Greg Colbrunn to the Atlanta Braves. Received a player to be named later. The Atlanta Braves sent Marc Lewis (minors) (October 1, 1997) to the Minnesota Twins to complete the trade.

October 8, 1997

Scott Aldred granted Free Agency.

October 9, 1997

Traded Roberto Kelly to the Seattle Mariners. Received players to be named later. The Seattle Mariners sent Joe Mays (October 9, 1997) and Jeromy Palki (minors) (October 9, 1997) to the Minnesota Twins to complete the trade.

October 15, 1997

Rich Robertson granted Free Agency.

Jon Shave granted Free Agency.

October 17, 1997

Kevin Baez granted Free Agency.

Jose Parra granted Free Agency.

October 28, 1997

Signed Luis Maza as an amateur free agent.

Paul Molitor granted Free Agency.

November 9, 1997

Signed Jon Shave as a free agent.

November 18, 1997

Brent Brede selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks as the 25th pick in the 1997 expansion draft.

Damian Miller selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks as the 47th pick in the 1997 expansion draft.

December 5, 1997

Signed Esteban Beltre as a free agent.

Signed Chris Turner as a free agent.

December 6, 1997

Signed Paul Molitor as a free agent.

December 11, 1997

Signed Otis Nixon as a free agent.

December 12, 1997

Traded Rich Becker to the New York Mets. Received Alex Ochoa.

December 16, 1997

Signed Mike Morgan as a free agent.

December 18, 1997

Traded Greg Myers to the Atlanta Braves. Received a player to be named later. The Atlanta Braves sent Steve Hacker (minors) (December 18, 1997) to the Minnesota Twins to complete the trade.

December 23, 1997

Signed Brent Gates as a free agent.

December 24, 1997

Signed Micheal Nakamura as an amateur free agent.

January 6, 1998

Signed Ricky Bones as a free agent.

January 14, 1998

Signed Orlando Merced as a free agent.

February 6, 1998

Traded Chuck Knoblauch to the New York Yankees. Received Brian Buchanan, Cristian Guzman, Eric Milton, Danny Mota and cash.

March 27, 1998

Ryan Radmanovich selected by the Seattle Mariners off waivers.

April 1, 1998 (Standings)

Released Peter Moylan.

April 3, 1998 (Standings)

Selected Hector Carrasco off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks.

April 20, 1998 (Standings)

Released Chris Turner.

May 22, 1998 (Standings)

Released Ricky Bones.

May 26, 1998 (Standings)

Signed Doug Linton as a free agent.

June 2, 1998 (Standings)

Drafted Saul Rivera in the 9th round of the 1998 amateur draft. Player signed June 11, 1998.

Drafted Mike Gosling in the 14th round of the 1998 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted J.J. Putz in the 17th round of the 1998 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Kevin Thompson in the 18th round of the 1998 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Juan Padilla in the 24th round of the 1998 amateur draft. Player signed July 8, 1998.

Drafted Kevin Frederick in the 34th round of the 1998 amateur draft. Player signed June 3, 1998.

Drafted Tommy Watkins in the 38th round of the 1998 amateur draft. Player signed June 7, 1998.

June 25, 1998 (Standings)

Fred Rath selected by the Colorado Rockies off waivers.

July 31, 1998 (Standings)

Traded Orlando Merced and Greg Swindell to the Boston Red Sox. Received Joe Thomas (minors), John Barnes and Matt Kinney.

August 25, 1998 (Standings)

Traded Mike Morgan to the Chicago Cubs. Received a player to be named later and cash. The Chicago Cubs sent Scott Downs (November 3, 1998) to the Minnesota Twins to complete the trade.

September 28, 1998 (Standings)

Selected Fred Rath off waivers from the Colorado Rockies.

September 29, 1998 (Standings)

Scott Stahoviak granted Free Agency.

September 30, 1998 (Standings)

Brent Gates granted Free Agency.

October 3, 1998 (Standings)

Released Todd Ritchie.

October 16, 1998

Esteban Beltre granted Free Agency.

Gus Gandarillas granted Free Agency.

Doug Linton granted Free Agency.

October 22, 1998

Bob Tewksbury granted Free Agency.

October 26, 1998

Paul Molitor granted Free Agency.

October 27, 1998

Otis Nixon granted Free Agency.

October 29, 1998

Terry Steinbach granted Free Agency.

November 16, 1998

Traded Dan Naulty to the New York Yankees. Received Allen Butler (minors).

November 19, 1998

Jon Shave selected by the Texas Rangers off waivers.

December 14, 1998

Traded Alex Ochoa to the Milwaukee Brewers. Received a player to be named later. The Milwaukee Brewers sent Darrell Nicholas (minors) (December 15, 1998) to the Minnesota Twins to complete the trade.

December 15, 1998

Signed Brent Gates as a free agent.

Signed Melvin Nieves as a free agent.

Signed Eddie Williams as a free agent.

December 18, 1998

Signed Gary Rath as a free agent.

December 21, 1998

Signed George Williams as a free agent.

Pat Meares granted Free Agency.

January 4, 1999

Signed Terry Steinbach as a free agent.

January 27, 1999

Signed Bob Wells as a free agent.

February 16, 1999

Signed Bobby Kielty as an amateur free agent.

March 20, 1999

Sold Melvin Nieves to Fukuoka Daiei Hawks (Japan Pacific).

March 31, 1999

Sold Dan Serafini to the Chicago Cubs.

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1997 / 1999 Trades and Transactions