Rick Aguilera, David West, Jack Savage, Kevin Tapani and Tim Drummond for Frank Viola
|Date: July 31, 1989|
|Team: Minnesota Twins|
|Sent: Rick Aguilera, David West, Jack Savage, Kevin Tapani, Tim Drummond|
|Received: Frank Viola|
One minute before the trade deadline in 1989, the Mets announced a deal with the Twins. The team dealt five pitchers to Minnesota in exchange for a New York native. Rick Aguilera, David West, Jack Savage, Kevin Tapani and Tim Drummond relocated to the Twin Cities as Long Island-born Frank Viola came to the Mets. Aguilera was a member of the Mets' 1986 championship team who had recently developed into a quality reliever. West and Tapani were just beginning their major league careers. Savage and Drummond were at the Triple-A level. Viola was an eight-season major league veteran who had a Cy Young Award and World Series MVP to his credit.
Over the rest of the '89 season, Viola had five wins in 12 games for the Mets. In 1990, he had 20 wins and a 2.67 earned run average with 182 strikeouts. The Mets finished second in the National League East Division in each of these years. Frank had 13 wins for the Mets in 1991 before joining the Boston Red Sox.
Aguilera recorded 40 wins and 254 saves in ten seasons of service in Minnesota. West had a won-lost record of 12-16 in three seasons with the Twins. Tapani had 75 wins in 181 games over seven years in Minnesota. All three became members of the Twins' World Championship team in '91.
Drummond had three wins and a 4.28 earned run average in 43 games with the Twins. Savage had two losses and a save with the Minnesota team in 1990.