There are many reasons a player may have been with a major league team for just a single year. Like current Twin Jim Thome (one year so far, a couple more, I hope) or the great Harmon Killebrew in Kansas City, they may feel they have another good year in them to round out a Hall of Fame career and add to their statistics. A player could have finally gotten their big break only to be lost to a career ending injury, either on or off the field. A player could have been brought up to sub for a injured regular and was then sent back down, never to get another shot at the bigs. Some players look for a change of scenery on a one year contract to rehabilitate a bad reputation at their previous team so they can get a better deal in free agency. Then there is the rent-a-player, the strong arm or big bat that could turn a contending team into a champion.
Below the jump are the statistics of the ten players who spent just one year with the Twins and had more than 300 plate appearances, not including current players (Hardy, Hudson, Thome and Valencia). Let's get your best guesses on the identities of these players. I'll post the answers before Wednesday's game. In the interest of fairness, if you have to run over to baseball-reference.com to get the answers, sit on your hands and let people try to guess. Also, who do you think was the Twins' best one-year acquisition? How about in all of baseball?