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Report: Yanks, Twins thinking Liriano swap

Posted on: February 26, 2011 3:50 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2011 3:54 pm
 
Posted by Matt Snyder

It's no secret the Yankees covet starting pitching. They only have three legitimate major league starters at this point, and it's not like A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes are without question marks. It's going to be one of the major ongoing storylines of the season, in fact.

A potentially significant deal that might be in the works -- obviously the very preliminary stages -- is a swap with the Twins for Francisco Liriano.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports the Yanks are "keeping a close eye" on Liriano and, likewise, the Twins are "keeping tabs on [Yankees] prospects."

The only concern with Liriano is health, because there is no questioning his talent. In 2006, the phenom reared his head, going 12-3 with a sick 2.16 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. He struck out 144 hitters in 121 innings. But that season came to a close with him needing Tommy John surgery and he never returned to form until last season.

In 2010, we saw glimpses of the old Liriano. He was 14-10 with a 3.62 ERA and 1.26 WHIP. He struck out 201 hitters in a career-high 191 2/3 innings. His stuff was good enough to only allow 0.4 home runs per nine innings (an AL-best). He still suffered the occasional meltdown, but balanced it out with some real beauties. Plus, he's still only 27. There's plenty of tread left on those tires.

He has had shoulder soreness some early in spring training, but that kind of thing is normal for pitchers in February.

If the Yankees did deal prospects for Liriano, he'd knock Burnett down to the four spot in the rotation and form a rather formidable trio at the top with Hughes and CC Sabathia.

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Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2011 8:20 am
 

Report: Yanks, Twins thinking Liriano swap

Ding ding ding.  We have a winner.  This is hands down the most ignorant, look what I just pulled out of my a$$ post ever.  Maybe you should go take a look at the A.J. Pierzynski with S.F. Giants. 



Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2011 12:02 am
 

Report: Yanks, Twins thinking Liriano swap

Young, Span Kubel and Cudduyer as a strength?  The Twins had the worst OF defense in baseball last year, and the offesnse was not good enough to cover that.  Nothing in the Twins past trades show that know know how to bone anyone, and they obviously don't realize how good Liriano is.  I doubt thay would want Montero as a centerpiece, so they will probably take a couple of B pitching porspects like they usually do.



Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: February 26, 2011 11:42 pm
 

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 I don't put alot of stock in this one.  Why would they make  a huge trade for him when they didn't sign any off season free agents?  Liriano will cost them a bundle.  I know Boston got better than the evil empire, but seems like a "un yankee" way to react.  I'm sure tears are falling all across the land.



Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 11:05 pm
 

Report: Yanks, Twins thinking Liriano swap

Its a game of inches not how much you spent in the off season.


That has got to be the funniest thing I have ever heard from a Yankee fan.  The only reason you can say that is because the Yanks got the shaft this offseason.  Oh wait, I forgot about the $35 million they overpaid for a set up man / possible future closer. You do realize that their payroll is still absolutely ridiculous, and they should beat all comers, as you say right? 



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: February 26, 2011 10:34 pm
 

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Yankees desperate!  Hardly.  The Twins have come up short in the ALCS since forever and need something.  The Twins have pitching to burn.  Losing or trading Liriano is a bad move for them but they need to make him happy or move  him for some value before its too late.  The Yankes have talent to burn.  The Twins don't need a young catcher...they already have one of the best if not the best in the majors with Mauer.  I don't see a deal here between the Twins and the Yanks.  There are other starters unhappy and available cheaper...Barry Zito for one.   The Giants would love to unload that contract and he's dissed for not being on the WS roster.  He would be happy to leave Frisco.  The Yankees will make a deal for a starter .. we just don't know who yet.  Boston upgraded with power and more speed as they needed to.  The Yanks can still beat all comers with what they have. There may be a retread in Tampa that may suprize us all.  I just can't wait to get going.  The season is not over in the winter meetings or in the deals you make.  162 regular season games and if you make it to the playoffs plenty of suprizes abound!   Its a game of inches not how much you spent in the off season.



Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 10:15 pm
 

Report: Yanks, Twins thinking Liriano swap

People need to realize the Twins hold all the power in this scenario because Liriano still has another year of arbitration after this one. They don't need to get rid of him like some teams who know they can't resign a superstar in his last year. so either this trade never happens (which I don't think it will) or the Yankees give up way too much to get him. So I wouldn't laugh at the thought of the yankees giving up Montero (who I feel wouldn't be needed seeing as we already have a darn good catcher)  AND Gardner, it's probably pretty close to the talent they would have to give up. My guess if a trade did happen it would involve the Yankees best pitching prospects more than Montero.



Since: Jul 12, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 10:07 pm
 

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Even if the Spankees get Liriano they still won't win the World Series.  Liriano was good overall last year, but that is because lots of his games were against the Indians, Royals, and injured Tigers.  Trust me, I'm a huge Twins fan and there is no way in hell the Twins are going to sign him to a long term deal at the end of this year.  So they might as well get rid of him now.  Liriano is a poor mans Santana, and look how Santana panned out.  It would be so typical of the Yankees to give Liriano a long term deal.  It's pretty sad when you can't win the World Series every year when your team's salary is more than one of the All Star team's salary LOL.



Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: February 26, 2011 9:58 pm
 

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The Twins are an organization that builds up from their management, drafting and farm system. Besides losing to the yanks in the playoffs, it's been working well. I think they need to keep Liriano because you can't always be hoping next year you'll have a good pitching staff. The Twins are in the drivers seat here, and unless they get something real good, they shouldn't even entertain the idea. And antoseven, you make fun of the yanks for picking up Pavano and he didn't work. Check out how he did with the Twins last year, not to shabby I'd say



Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 9:21 pm
 

Report: Yanks, Twins thinking Liriano swap

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!  Montero and Gardner minimum...  They let anyone in here with a computer I see....


Why the hell not?  The Twins don't have to trade him.  The Yankees are the desperate ones looking for pitching.  Like a previous poster said, why would the Twins help out a team that has recently knocked them out of the playoffs?  If the Yankees want him bad enough, they will pay the price.  I say stick it to 'em and make it hurt.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2011 8:50 pm
 

Report: Yanks, Twins thinking Liriano swap

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!  Montero and Gardner minimum...  They let anyone in here with a computer I see....


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