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Twins considering trading Liriano

Posted on: February 10, 2011 9:48 am
Francisco Liriano Because, I guess, Carlos Gomez, Philip Humber, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra have worked out so well for the Twins, the team is apparently open to dealing ace Francisco Liriano, Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune writes .

Liriano, 27, is a free agent after the 2012 season and the team doesn't appear interested in signing him to a long-term deal, Christensen writes. The two sides avoid arbitration last week, but Liriano's side was looking for a three-year, $39 million contract.

Last season, Liriano was 14-10 with a 3.62 ERA in 31 starts. He struck out 201 in 191 2/3 innings. He was also second in the majors in xFIP at 3.06, behind Roy Halladay. Liriano has a history of arm injuries, including Tommy John surgery in 2006.

In 2008, the Twins had a left-handed ace they couldn't sign in the last year of his contract in Johan Santana, receiving just the aforementioned Gomez, Humber, Mulvey and Guerra in return for the left-hander from the Mets. The thought with Liriano is that they can receive more with more time left under team control.

The Twins have five other starters -- Carl Pavano, Brian Duensing, Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn and Kevin Slowey -- and their top prospect, Kyle Gibson, is a starter, so they see Liriano as replaceable and attractive to a team like the Yankees, who are looking to fill their rotation.

However, the Twins need Liriano to help compete in the AL Central and dealing him now doesn't help the team in pursuit of its first postseason series victory since 2002. None of their other five big-leaguers have the stuff Liriano does or the ability to dominate like he can.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Feb 10, 2011
Posted on: February 10, 2011 10:19 pm

Twins considering trading Liriano

Who traded for Zach Greinke and CC Sabathia and Carlos Lee and Fransisco Cordero? Milwaukee?

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 7:32 pm

Twins considering trading Liriano

Somebody please enlighten me and tell me what I'm missing.  It just seems to me that I am missing a BIG chunk of information (other than his supposed "arm trouble" which I think he put to rest last year) that others are relying upon in basing their decisions regarding Liriano.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 7:29 pm

Twins considering trading Liriano

Why would the Twins give the big money to a douche like Pavano and make an up and coming ace like Liriano beg for a measley 5 million (which he didn't get as a result of a settlement his agent reached with the Twins prior to arbitration)?

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 7:24 pm

Twins considering trading Liriano

It sounds to me, from reading the last several posts, that Twins fans love Liriano and question what the hell Twins management is doing.  Liriano has conquered (in my opinion) the "history of arm trouble" that so many bank and rely on as a reason to not go to the mat and say that he'll be an 18 game winner this year.  To me, he proved that last year, when he struck out 200+ in 200+ innings.  Am I missing something?  Perhaps somebody (a loyal Twins fan, perhaps) can fill me in because I think Liriano is a top 15 pitcher with the potential to be lights-out for the next 10 years.  What gives?

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 6:18 pm

Twins considering trading Liriano

Touche der721, and I'm sure some Cubs and Mariner fans are nodding their heads too.  I don't follow the NL much but my guess is that the Mets problem is related to some deficiency with their management.  The Twins have a great front office, and I don't feel we're small market when you look at profits.  The team ranks somewhere b/t 5-10 in profits last year.  Trading Liriano assures we will not be talking playoffs this year though, based on the rotation behind him.  Re: Johan, he should have been signed the year before the Twins backed themselves into a corner that year and were forced to trade him.  He is exactly what the Twins need right now, along with Liriano, front end starters.  If the team wants to shed salary, there are other areas to do that, namely the OF... or dare I say the first baseman.

Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 6:02 pm

Twins considering trading Liriano

To originaldigga14.... I would ask you if you would like to trade places with me. My team plays in a huge market and can sign any player that they want. the payroll is the 4th highest in baseball behind the yankees, red sox, and phillies. We have 7 guys on the team who are paid at least 11 million dollars per year. we are really high rollers. We are the new york mets. the same mets who have had a worse record than the twins AFTER we gained santana and you lost him, despite the fact that you got back not one player of worth in the trade. Trust me, be happy that you have a chance to make the playoffs every year. You may feel small market, but your organization is big time. WE are Huge market and no results.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:39 pm

Twins considering trading Liriano

As a Twins fan I can tell you this is the nail in the coffin for me.  Being just good enough to win the division, but being summarily tossed from the playoffs, year-in, year-out, (usually by a team with the most obnoxious fans) is not good enough.  The fact that the team is considering trading its best pitcher, and relying on some guys with avg. ERAs in the mid 4.00s, shows the mgmt has no passion to actaully win anything.  Mgmt just wants to keep the team competitive enough that attendance will not lag.  As a season-ticket holder this year, I'll take full advantage of that and just sell my tix for profit, which was easy to do last year, and find other things to do next summer.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:36 pm

Twins considering trading Liriano

job blanton and raul ibanez for lariano and delmon young. git r done!!!!!

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 4:57 pm

Twins considering trading Liriano

As a Tiger fan I'm okay with the Twins trading Liriano...although we seem to struggle more with Pavano. LOL

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2011 4:39 pm

Twins considering trading Liriano

To Hildy24, small market???  Where have you been the last 2 years???  This team is no longer small market. Head to Milwaukee for that.

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