1987 Minnesota Twins
The Trade: Minnesota Twins trade a player to be named later (P Bryan Hickerson), P Jose Dominguez (minors) and P Ray Velasquez (minors) to the San Francisco Giants for P Dave Blakley (minors) and OF Dan Gladden.
The Twins pulled in some good and great players using trades in 1987, adding All-Star closer Jeff Reardon, former MVP Don Baylor, Hall of Famer Steve Carlton, and Al Newman. The best part of all these deals? The Twins gave up almost nothing, and they still got a title out of it.
That being said, the best deal they made was to acquire playoff legend, speedster, and fan favorite Dan Gladden. The Twins gave up two prospects (Dominguez and Velasquez) who didn’t make the majors and a pitcher who didn’t do much (former Gopher and Minnesota-native) Hickerson.
The Twins on the other hand received a key piece of their two title runs and one of the five best left fielders in franchise history. Pretty good trade.
Result: +4.7 WAR after the trade, added a title team centerpiece.
and the rest, is history …. (mic drop)
Good one. It's never brought up. I don't think I've ever thought about getting Gladden as a trade. Not sure why, but my mind told me he was signed off the open market after a falling out with the Giants. That's the first time I've seen the names of players involved in the trade. Bryan Hickerson is the only name I'm familiar with, and I never even knew he was Twins property. Wow, just looked him up...Hickerson is from Bemidji. Cool. I had no idea. Wonder where he lives now?
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