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How the Twins were built
10/04/2004 8:00 AM ET
The assembly of the 2004 Minnesota Twins was done almost completely by the hands of general manager Terry Ryan. With the exception of two players, Torii Hunter and Brad Radke, Ryan is responsible for orchestrating the American League Central champions. And, as a member of the Twins' personnel department since 1986, he had a hand in signing Hunter and Radke, as well. Since becoming GM in 1994, he is directly responsible for creating the rest of the Twins' Major League roster:

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1991

  • RHP Brad Radke drafted in the 8th round

    1993

  • OF Torii Hunter drafted in the 1st round

    1994

  • 3B Corey Koskie drafted in the 26th round

    1995

  • 2B Luis Rivas signed as an undrafted free agent

    1996

  • OF Jacque Jones drafted in the 2nd round
  • RHP Juan Rincon signed as a free agent

    1997

  • OF Michael Cuddyer drafted in the 1st round
  • C/DH Matthew LeCroy drafted in the 1st round (sandwich pick)
  • OF Michael Restovich drafted in the 2nd round
  • LHP J.C. Romero drafted in the 21st round
  • RHP Grant Balfour signed as a free agent

    1998

  • SS Cristian Guzman acquired from Yankees for 2B Chuck Knoblauch

    1999

  • 1B Justin Morneau drafted in the 3rd round
  • IF Terry Tiffee drafted in the 26th round
  • RHP Kyle Lohse acquired in deal that sent RHP Rick Aguilera to the Cubs
  • LHP Johan Santana acquired from Florida for RHP Jared Camp

    2000

  • RHP J.D. Durbin drafted in the 2nd round
  • OF Jason Kubel drafted in the 12th round
  • OF Lew Ford acquired in a trade with Boston for Hector Carrasco

    2002

  • RHP Jesse Crain drafted in the 2nd round
  • IF Jason Bartlett acquired in a trade with San Diego

    2003

  • RHP Joe Nathan acquired from San Francisco for C A.J. Pierzynski
  • RHP Carlos Silva acquired from Philadelphia for LHP Eric Milton
  • IF Augie Ojeda signed as a free agent
  • C Henry Blanco signed as a free agent
  • RHP Joe Roa signed as a free agent
  • RHP Matt Guerrier claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh
  • OF Shannon Stewart acquired in a trade with Toronto

    2004

  • DH Jose Offerman signed to a minor league contract
  • LHP Aaron Fultz signed as a free agent
  • LHP Terry Mulholland acquired from Seattle in a minor league deal
  • C Pat Borders acquired from the Mariners in exchange for OF B.J. Garbe

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