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Minnesota Twins: Grading Terry Ryan's Job as Twins General Manager

Back in November, the Minnesota Twins made a bold move to fire general manager Bill Smith. Of course, the question that should be asked with any kind of change in baseball should be who is going to replace him when you let him go? The Twins' answer was a familiar face in Terry Ryan.

Twins fans know Ryan's accomplishments prior to his second stint with the Twins franchise. Ryan helped build some of the most successful teams in the franchise's history during the 2000s. However, there had to be concerns about whether or not Ryan was ready to take on a rebuilding project.

The results of resurrecting the Twins back into contention for the American League Central championship were not immediate, as the Twins sit in last place of the division with a record of 55-79 record entering Monday's game with the Chicago White Sox.

Still, Ryan's job should not have been measured in wins and losses in year one. Instead, Ryan's job should have been measured in how he's rebuilt the team since the beginning of the 2012 season to prepare it for the future.

To grade Ryan's performance since taking the job in November, I've broken down his moves into four categories: trades, free agency/waiver-wire pickups, in-house scenarios and minor league moves.

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