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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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Comments

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Twins considering trading Liriano

Back to San Francisco would be sweet so Zito could end his career in the bullpen. But then again with Ramirez, Lopez,  Affeldt, and Wilson....who needs a Zito



Since: Aug 23, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 12:39 pm
 

Twins considering trading Liriano

Looks like we are on the same page!!


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Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2011 12:39 pm
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Since: Aug 23, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 12:38 pm
 

Twins considering trading Liriano

I would love for the Yanks to get him but who do we have to give to them.  Twins have the best catcher in the league and we have 6 catchers...don't think that would work.  Or maybe our yard sale of has-beens might be tempting...can I interest the Twins fans is Bartolo Colon or Eric Chavez?  I am guessing not!



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 12:38 pm
 

Twins considering trading Liriano

I think it would be tough for the Yankees to trade for Liriano.  The Yanks have some starting pitching prospects and cathing prospects to trade.  The Twins are obviously set at catcher for a long time so they prob. wouldn't be interested in Montero or Romaine.  Not sure if the Yankees would be willing to deal Betances or Banuelos for Liriano....we shall see. 




Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 12:11 pm
 

Twins considering trading Liriano

What is with you and Josh Johnson?  You have talked about accquiring him for over a year.  Get over it. He is not coming to the Minnesota Twins.




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:50 am
 

Twins considering trading Liriano

What Minnesota needs more than anything is pitching.  Coincidentally, that is one thing the Yankees do not have to offer.

The Yankees have a ton of young pitching prospects. Whether they want to trade them or not remains to be seen. I think ideally they want to trade 1 of their young catching prospects or the SS prospect(cant remember his name) for pitching. The Yankees have as good a farm system as they have had in many many years at just about every level.



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:41 am
 

Twins considering trading Liriano

The Twins are not trading Francisco Liriano to the Yankees.  What Minnesota needs more than anything is pitching.  Coincidentally, that is one thing the Yankees do not have to offer.  This winter, the Twins tried in vain to make a big splash by acquring an ace pitcher, but there just weren't many options out there.  Cliff Lee was never an option and the Royals refused to trade Zach Greinke within the division.  Once their hopes of a major upgrade were dashed, they turned their sights back on Carl Pavano.  As Twins fans, we know that it's likely the team will make a deal at the deadline for a starter if they are in contention.  Up to this point, we've all been talking about what they could get for Kevin Slowey or Nick Blackburn plus a combination of prospects.  But you throw Liriano into the mix, and maybe someone like Florida's Josh Johnson IS attainable.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:07 am
 

Twins considering trading Liriano

They just build a new stadium, shell out a fortune to keep hometown hero Mauer and make the playoffs regularly despite having a moderate payroll. But how do they expect to do anything in the playoffs if they keep trading away their aces? I'm sorry but no matter how many regular season games you win, you're not going to win any pennants with a rotation of Pavano, Deunsing, Baker, Blackburn & Slowey. I realize Liriano isn't the phenom he was before his arm troubles but he's still easily their best starter. And for God's sake, don't give him to the Yankees. I'm liking the prospect of their $200M payroll with a junk rotation.



Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:01 am
 

Twins considering trading Liriano

Build a new stadium, fill a lineup for a year, get as many people there the first year.  Then start the chopping process until you are the Florida Marlins of the Midwest.  Then just rake in ticket money and luxury tax. 

This has been going on in St Paul for about 6-8 years now too. 

Minnesota, home to 3 perennial playoff teams that don't ever win once they get there.  Remember when the Wolves did this too?  I like them better now. 


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