The Minnesota Twins announced on Monday that they have relieved general manager Terry Ryan of his duties and named assistant GM Rob Antony to fill the role on an interim basis. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported that the search for a new general manager will begin in the next few weeks.
Ryan has been with the Twins organization for over 20 years. He stepped down as the Twins’ general manager in 2007, but he remained an advisor for the team and became the general manager for the second time in 2012.
After shocking many last season when the team went 83-79, the Twins have been awful this season with a 33-58 record, the worst in the American League.
Ryan has also made some questionable moves over the past few seasons, including signing starting pitchers Ricky Nolasco, Ervin Santana, and Phil Hughes to long-term deals. He also signed Byung-ho Park last winter, and Park is currently in Triple-A. The team’s starting center fielder last season, Aaron Hicks, was also moved for catcher John Ryan Murphy, who is also in the minor leagues and was planned to be the team’s catcher of the future.
This move comes as a shock to many due to Ryan’s lengthy tenure with the club, but it was quite obvious that the team needed to make a change. The trading deadline is less than two weeks away, and the Twins have selling pieces that will entice other clubs, including their starting pitchers and third baseman Trevor Plouffe. This move may also affect Paul Molitor‘s job security, since the new general manager might want to bring in his own guy.