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First of all, this was a Bill Smith move.
While placing all the blame for the Twins' downfall on the maligned GM may be a little harsh, it must be noted that this confirms that three key moves he made did not work out:
The Johan Santana Trade
In return for the two-time Cy Young winner, Minnesota got Carlos Gomez (later traded to Milwaukee), Phil Humber (that guy who randomly threw a perfect game for the…White Sox?!?), Deolis Guerra and Kevin Mulvey (minor leaguers).
The Wilson Ramos Trade
A hard-hitting catcher who would be a perfect fit behind the dish for the Twins, Ramos was dealt, along with another minor leaguer, for closer Matt Capps.
Sure, the Joe Nathan era had ended and Joe Mauer’s knee troubles had yet to emerge, but this ended up being pretty lopsided in Washington's favor—even though Ramos has been both kidnapped and injured since joining the Nats.
The Nishioka Experiment
This makes it a triple-whammy.
Right now, the team is getting by with Pedro Florimon and, earlier in the year, Brian Dozier.
They will recover from it, but it was costly…