Ryan says most offers didn't match up

Twins acquire Ward for Lohse

MINNEAPOLIS -- There was plenty of action rumored to be happening for the Twins in the many days prior to Monday's non-waiver trade deadline. But when it passed at 3 p.m. CT, the Twins found themselves just down one player, and with no additions to the Major League roster.

Minnesota's lone trade Monday came when the club sent right-handed pitcher Kyle Lohse to the Reds for Minor League pitcher Zach Ward.

With the Twins shopping Lohse for much of the season, it was a move that was expected, and it also opened up a spot on the Twins' 25-man roster for Torii Hunter's return from the 15-day disabled list. Hunter was activated prior to Monday night's game against the Texas Rangers.

"I think everybody was waiting for us to do something with Kyle, and obviously this is the last day you could do it without waivers," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. "Kyle probably needed a change of scenery, and we needed a roster spot."

While most expected the move of Lohse, nothing else occurred for the Twins, including the deal that had been speculated in the media the past few days for Nationals outfielder Alfonso Soriano, who stayed put.

As for how close a possible deal may have been with Soriano, Ryan didn't really get into specifics.

"Well, he's not here," Ryan said of the potential trade.

Ryan admitted that there were talks right up until the deadline for some players. But in the end, the asking prices appeared to be all too steep for the Twins, and thus the club stood pat.

"We were in deep with a few clubs," Ryan said. "And if we had found something we liked, we would have done it."

Though it was the second straight year that the Twins didn't make any significant deals at the deadline, Ryan felt better than he did a year ago. Last year, Ryan was obviously frustrated by not being able to help his club. This time was different in that Ryan felt it was a clear case of having deals that just didn't add up for the club.

"It was cut and dry," Ryan said of deals the Twins said no to. "Last year I was disappointed, as I felt like I let the organization down. I can't say that this year."

While the Twins didn't add any pieces for their playoff chase Monday, the two teams ahead of them in the American League Central race both made acquisitions over the past two weeks, including a deal by the Tigers early Monday morning to acquire first baseman Sean Casey from the Pirates.

Even though Ryan said he took a look at what both the Tigers and the White Sox did, it didn't play a role into what his club was going to do in terms of trades.

"I'm not going to react one way or another," Ryan said of making moves in response. "Because I'm not going to do anything for this organization positively or negatively because of what the Detroit Tigers or Chicago White Sox do."

The lone move that was made for the Twins did not appear to improve the Major League club this year, but it did mark the end to what has been a bit of a volatile relationship between the Twins and Lohse over the past year.

Lohse was 2-5 with a 7.07 ERA in 22 appearances for the Twins this season. A member of the Twins rotation at the start of the year, Lohse made eight starts before being demoted to Triple-A Rochester on May 17 after going 2-4 with an 8.92 ERA.

The demotion came after a rough start for Lohse in Detroit in which he also violated a team rule by not remaining in the dugout for the half inning following his removal. He was also heard criticizing a teammate for not making a play behind him.

It was that type of attitude that caused Lohse to lose favor within the organization, and even when he was brought back in early June to fill a spot out of the bullpen, it was clear that Lohse would not be considered an option for a rotation that has had its fair share of struggles.

"It was apparent that he was in our bullpen and didn't have the opportunity to get many innings," Ryan said.

For Lohse, even though the trade that made sense, it was still a little difficult to leave the club he had been with for his entire Major League career.

"It's tough," Lohse said of the trade. "I wanted to be there and go through the battles with my teammates. Those guys have been there for me and I wanted to be there for them. I wouldn't say I was dying for a change of scenery, but it might help out. I just wanted an opportunity to get back in the rotation -- it wasn't going to happen [in Minnesota], I guess."

The lone addition for the organization Monday was Ward, 22, who went 7-0 with a 2.29 ERA and 95 strikeouts in 20 appearances, 18 starts, this season with the Class A Dayton Dragons of the Midwest League. Ward was the Reds' third-round selection in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft. He is expected to join the Twins' Class A Beloit club.

Though no significant moves were made to improve the club on Monday, Ryan did reiterate that the club would be adding a few players in the coming days with the activation of Hunter and reliever Matt Guerrier, who has missed almost two months with a broken right thumb.

With the team winning 33 of its last 42 games to turn around its postseason prospects, there had been musings of what it might take for that final push. But for the Twins players, there was a bit of relief seeing the deadline pass and knowing that they will get to keep the core of their club intact for the playoff race.

"Now we know what we've got and we can move on," Nick Punto said. "What we've got has gotten us a long way, and I think we're still in really good shape."

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.