Believe it or not, the Minnesota Twins once employed center fielder Carlos Gomez and shortstop J.J. Hardy, two players who received a Gold Glove Award on Tuesday. At this point, the Twins have to be sick to their stomach about the entire Hardy trade ordeal that took place more than three years ago.
In 2009, Minnesota dealt Gomez to the Milwaukee Brewers for Hardy. Considering Gomez took forever to pan out, the trade had the appearance of a smart move by the organization. Unfortunately, it was one of Hardy’s worst seasons of his career, which made the Twins think twice about what they had done.
For that reason, Minnesota dealt the Arizona native to the Baltimore Orioles along with cash and received two horrible players in return. At the time, it appeared to be a great trade because they did not have the horrendous Hardy on their payroll. However, it appears the Twins would have been wise to stick it out with Hardy, just as the Brewers did with Gomez.
Milwaukee is reaping the benefits for believing in Gomez, who was arguably the best defensive player at any position in the National League in 2013. Meanwhile, Baltimore looks incredibly smart for acquiring Hardy, who has hit more home runs than any shortstop in the majors over the past three years and is a two-time Gold Glove Award winner (2012, 2013). Just to add salt to the wound, only four other shortstops in the history of the game have collected two Gold Gloves.
It is certainly a tough pill to swallow for Minnesota, especially since the team has been in the cellar for a few years. If anything, it is a trade that the team must learn from going forward.