The Twins enter the final day of winter meetings Thursday without any blockbuster trades or signings to boast about.
The new president of baseball operations Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine could have used this week to make another splashy move as they begin rebuilding the organization, but so far they’ve followed the example previous leadership set by staying under the radar.
The Twins reportedly have received significant interest in their All-Star second baseman Brian Dozier while the front office searches for better pitching. The rumors otherwise have been limited. Falvey and Levine spent much of the first two days at the meetings learning more about the organizations current players through conversations with scouts and agents.
Boston made a blockbuster deal Tuesday trading for Chicago White Sox former ace Chris Sale in exchange of four prospects. The Red Sox also traded to acquire Tyler Thornburg from Milwaukee and signed free agent Mitch Moreland to a one-year deal. Not bad for one day of work.
Other standout deals include Colorado signing outfielder Ian Desmond to a five-year $70 million deal, the Chicago Cubs trading outfielder Jorge Soler to Kansas City for pitcher Wade Davis, and Washington sending three pitchers to the White Sox for outfielder Adam Eaton.
There is still time for the Twins new brain trust to make a splash this week. Here is a look back at the limited, but occasional notable deal the Twins have made during winter meetings:
2014: Twins sign pitcher Ervin Santana to four-year $55 million contract.
Did the deal pay off: After giving Santana the largest free agent contract in team history, the pitcher was suspended 80 games for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Since his return, he has a 14-16 record, 3.69 ERA, 231 strikeouts and 95 walks in 289.1 innings pitched.
2013: Twins trade catcher Ryan Doumit to Atlanta for pitcher Sean Gilmartin (trade announced a week after the winter meetings).
Did the deal pay off: Gilmartin spent three seasons in the Twins minor league system and never pitched a big league game for the organization. He has appeared in 64 games with the Mets the past two seasons.
2012: Twins trade outfielder Ben Revere to Philadelphia for pitchers Vance Worley and Trevor May.
Did the deal pay off: Worley pitched one injury-plagued season for the Twins. He was the Opening Day starter, but pitched only 48.2 innings while compiling a 1-5 record and 7.21 ERA. May has a 13-17 record, 5.14 ERA, 214 strikeouts and 65 walks in three seasons with the Twins. His 2016 season was cut short with a back injury.
2011: Twins trade infielders J.J. Hardy and Brendan Harris to Baltimore for pitchers Jim Hoey and Brett Jacobson.
Did the deal pay off: Hoey pitched in 26 games for the Twins and had a 5.47 ERA in 2011. He hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since then. Jacobson spent one-plus season in the minors and never pitched for the Twins in the major leagues.
2005: Twins trade J.C. Romero to Los Angeles Angels for Alexi Casilla.
Did the deal pay off: Casilla played seven seasons for the Twins as a platooning infielder. Including his final season with Baltimore, Casilla had a career .247 batting average, 157 RBI and 80 stolen bases.