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Top 5 trades and signings made by Andy MacPhail as GM of the Minnesota Twins

FARGO-Earlier this week longtime Major League Baseball front office executive Andy MacPhail, 62, was hired to be the new team president of the Philadelphia Phillies. MacPhail, who will attempt to fix the struggling Phillies after this season, has...

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USA Today Sports Andy MacPhail, right, and Philadelphia Phillies part owner John Middleton shake hands during a press conference introducing MacPhail as special assistant and future president of the Phillies on Monday at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.

FARGO-Earlier this week longtime Major League Baseball front office executive Andy MacPhail, 62, was hired to be the new team president of the Philadelphia Phillies. MacPhail, who will attempt to fix the struggling Phillies after this season, has a track record of building winners. He got his start as the general manager of the Minnesota Twins in 1985. With the Twins, MacPhail assembled two World Series championship teams (1987 and 1991) before leaving for jobs with the Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles. Below are some of MacPhail's top moves as GM with the Twins.

1. Jack Morris free agency signing (1991)

MacPhail signed Morris to a one-year, $3 million deal prior to the 1991 season. After finishing last in the AL West in 1990, the Twins were in need of an ace No.1 starter and got one with Morris, who was 18-12 in 35 starts with a 3.43 ERA and 163 strikeouts. He was a bargain when looking at his 1991 postseason numbers. Morris was 4-0 in five postseason starts, including his 10-inning complete game shutout in Game 7 of the World Series that the Twins won 1-0.

2. Frank Viola trade to Mets (1989)

Less than two years removed from winning the World Series, MacPhail dealt reigning A.L.Cy Young winner Frank Viola to the New York Mets for a package that yielded two standout pitchers in Rick Aguilera and Kevin Tapani. Both were key players for the Twins' 1991 championship team, with Tapani going 16-9 with a 2.99 ERA and Aguilera finishing with 42 saves.

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3. Trades for Jeff Reardon and Dan Gladden (1987)

Considering what the Twins gave up-Neal Heaton, Yorkis Perez, and Jeff Reed-to get Reardon, this trade is a near second to the Viola trade. Reardon recorded 104 saves in three seasons with the Twins. Just before the 1987 season started, MacPhail also made a trade with San Francisco, which brought over outfielder Dan Gladden. Gladden is one of seven Twins who were on the 1987 and 1991 World Series rosters.

4. Trading for Bert Blyleven (1985)

The Twins already had a young core of talented players who were starting to emerge in the mid-1980s. MacPhail began adding veterans to fill out the roster, and in the middle of 1985, he made a trade with Cleveland to bring in Bert Blyleven, who began his Hall of Fame career in Minnesota. Blyleven settled into the Twins' rotation, later winning Game 2 of the 1987 World Series.

5 (tie) Brian Harper free agency signing (1988)

Prior to 1988, nothing about the career of journeyman catcher Brian Harper jumped off the statsheet. He played in the 1985 World Series with St. Louis, and when he entered free agency after the 1987 season, he wasn't exactly a hot commodity. MacPhail and the Twins signed Harper for $90,000 in 1988, which began a six-season run with the team in which he batted over .300 in all but one of those years.

5 (tie). Chili Davis free agency signing (1991)

Days before MacPhail signed Morris, he and the Twins came to terms with free-agent designated hitter Chili Davis. Davis hit .277 in 1991 with 29 home runs with 93 RBIs, not bad for a $1.7 million investment in year one of the two-year, $4.3 million contract he signed with Minnesota.

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