In a shocking move, the Twins have fired their GM two weeks before the trade deadline

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The Minnesota Twins have announced that long-time general manager Terry Ryan has been fired.

The move is a shocking one as it comes just two weeks prior to the trade deadline, one of the busiest times of the year for Major League Baseball front office executive.

No reason was given for the dismissal.

Ryan originally served as GM of the Twins from 1995 through 2007. He then returned to the position in 2011.

While the Twins went to the playoffs four times during Ryan’s first tenure with the team, things were not as smooth the second time around. In five seasons, the Twins posted one winning record, never went to the playoffs, and are on pace to lose over 100 games this season.

The team announced that assistant GM Rob Antony will serve as interim GM.