The 2005 Twins were 48-38 at the All-Star break — holding a narrow lead in the Wild Card race but trailing the on-fire White Sox by nine games in the AL Central. The Twins had won the past three division titles and was looking for a spark that might carry them past the White Sox or at least get them to the postseason.

During the break, they made a minor deal for Bret Boone, essentially getting him for nothing from the Mariners after Seattle had designated him for assignment a week prior to the transaction.

Boone was 36 at the time. He had plummeted from a three-year heyday from 2001-03 when he averaged 122 RBI a year for Seattle. With the Mariners he was hitting just .231 and his power had gone away.