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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: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:00 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. 

Since: Apr 27, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 10:29 am

Twins considering trading Liriano

Dear Twins,

Please don't trade away our ace again.   He isn't a diva.  He has good stuff and has been improving annually.  Pavano won't play this well forever.  Mr. Liriano was built up through the Twins organization so please recognize the work you put into him and understand that if you trade him, he will be playing his best baseball against us.  To have two aces, is something that is coveted by many teams and the way the duensing has been playing in his opprotunities shows promise of  very tanilizing top of the rotation.  Please Twin, don't trade away players that you are deeply invested in, in terms of time, energy, and public relations.  Everyone here knows that he has scary stuff, and we are scared someone else will eagerly see that and use it as a weapon against us.  Now, prove me wrong.  I understand the one-year deal, although i would have wanted to settle a longer contract, I guess I have more faith.  I understand that this is a make or break year for him with this organization but I worry that it will be a break out year and his contract will need to be too much next year.  I guess these are the risks you face daily.  Please Twins, keep Fransisco.  At the very least, he will be component to helping us make this years run.  I can't imagine us doing it with out him.

Thank you,

A loyal Twins fan.

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