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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: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2011 4:37 pm

Twins considering trading Liriano

Young doesn't have a place on the Twins, I would stick with Valencia over Young anyday. I do agree in trading Liriano though. That elbow is going to go again. But send him to the NL, don't need him haunting the twins if he's with the Yankees.

Since: Sep 30, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2011 4:27 pm

Twins considering trading Liriano

How about Lirano for Micheal Young? The Rangers get their big starter and Young gets a position.

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 3:57 pm

Twins considering trading Liriano

Yankees farm system is loaded but he is not worth a top prospect. Betances and Banuelos are not options. Brackman, Phelps and Laird would get it done. Look it up before you comment....I know these players, you probably don't. 

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 3:44 pm

Twins considering trading Liriano


Give it some time with the revenues from the stadium. A good example is the Phillies. They built the stadium on a promise that if the got the stadium and the revenues it would produce they would raise their salary appropriately. From the mid to late '80's through the early 2000's. Now, even with one of the worst TV deals they have come out this year and acknowledged the fans and said that the signing of Cliff Lee was the direct result of having the new stadium. It took 7 years but we are now reaping the benefits.

As far as the Twins go, I can tell you this, from my point of view they run an outstanding organization and seem to always find ways to compete in a very competitive division. The way they work, Liriano being traded makes sense. They need to pull the trigger fast though, they can't putter around like they did with Santana. I would be looking at the Dodgers, Braves, Cardinals, Reds or Cubs. Those are teams with young players and wouldn't mind adding a pitcher like Liriano. I think they would trade him out of AL.

Good luck and be patient on the revenues you will be rewarded soon

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 3:09 pm

Twins considering trading Liriano

Lets watch the way we throw out the "Ace" word there.  I don't think ace works for a lifetime 38-32 record with an ERA right on the verge of 4.0.  He's a good pitcher and with the Andy Pettite thing recently resolved I'm sure the Yankees will throw a few bucks towards the Twins for him, although with the Twin/Yankee post season history the Twins would really hate to see him come back and spoil yet another WS trip.  You alos have to lookk at his injury history.  The yanks may want him but watch out for any long term deal.

Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 2:51 pm

Twins considering trading Liriano

I am sure the Mets can dig up a few prospects for him.

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 2:36 pm

Twins considering trading Liriano

I would love to see the Rays go after to put another lefty starter in their rotation maybe trade Shields for him. 

Since: Aug 27, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 1:47 pm

Twins considering trading Liriano

The Twins are a small market team and they will only keep a few big names on their team (Mauer, Morneau) They would rather trade before free agency to get a few good prospects to bring up cost-effectively, as they did with J. Santana. I like the move alot if they can find a trade partner. Remember Lariano is injury prone and currently pitching in front of a great defense so he is a little over-rated in my opinion.

Since: Jul 11, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 1:13 pm

Twins considering trading Liriano

I would ONLY find a trade like this acceptable IF the Twins got a top of the line starter in return. For that to be the case, there would need to be some prospects thrown in on the Twins side. The Twins REALLY need an ace, which Liriano is not right now. The problem is, who the heck are we gonna trade for? Going back to last season, the Twins couldnt/wouldn't get Oswalt, Lee, Greinke, Webb, or Haren. They didn't even take a shot at Chris Young, who is injury prone but a very good pitcher. Doesn't Pavano-Liriano-Young-Duensing-Gibso

n going down the stretch look a heck of a lot better than Pavano-Liriano-Baker-Duensing-Slowe

y. If the Twins can't get top of the line pitching for Liriano, starting pitching, then he should stay.  But there is nobody out there for the trading.

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 12:54 pm

Twins considering trading Liriano

WHY???? The weakness of our team is starting pitching. We are on the forefront of another division title; that means playoffs. In the playoffs, it is a necessity to have phenoms in the rotation. AND that's what Liriano is. If the Twins were in a down year or not even close to being a playoff team, it would be an appropriate trade. I understand the Johan Effect, his skills are going to surpass our dollars eventually, but we can win this year, so let's not cash in our chips. Plus, the team generated more revenue than ever last year with the new ballpark and the popularity of going to the games and supporting the team has exploded. With more cash coming in, we could even sign him to a 2 or 3 year deal after negotiations. 

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