In honor of the season’s first no-hitter, here is the trade that saw Francisco Liriano land in Minnesota. It’s not the biggest, and doesn’t go up any farther than AJ since he was a homegrown product for the Twins, but might as well keep with the times.
After 6 pretty good years with the Twins, Pierzynski was moved to make room for Joe Mauer. In return, the Twins got 3 pitchers from the Giants - Nathan, Liriano, and Bonser. Nathan and Liriano have been very good for the Twins, injuries aside. Bonser pitched for 3 seasons in Minnesota, before missing all of 2009 with injuries and being DFA’d by the Twins. He was traded to Boston for Province (who is currently at AAA Rochester for the Twins).
Pierzynski lasted one year in San Francisco, batting .272/.319/.410 and leading the NL in GIDP (27), before being released. He’s been
a professional pain-in-the-ass for with the White Sox for the last 7 seasons.