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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.


Since: Jul 20, 2010
Posted on: February 26, 2011 5:04 pm

Report: Yanks, Twins thinking Liriano swap

Twins would need to ask for Jesus Montero (Yanks top prospect), Joba Chamberlain (Twins could make him a starter or use him for bullpen help) and a slew of pitching prospects to even make this appealing. We have Mauer so Montero how does he fit in? Don't see this trade happening.

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2011 4:45 pm

Report: Yanks, Twins thinking Liriano swap

I don't see why this makes sense for the Twins. Prospects are a gamble, and they are a strong contender the way they are now.  They would be improving a team that they potentially could be up against for the wild card.  They have a decent staff, but a healthy Liriano is vital to their playoff chances versus the White Sox.

Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 4:42 pm

Report: Yanks, Twins thinking Liriano swap

This again? really? The only way the Yankees will get liriano is if they overpay. And I don't mean slightly.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: February 26, 2011 4:14 pm

Report: Yanks, Twins thinking Liriano swap

That is an interesting report. Liriano will probably be better in that rotation. giving up prospects is probably someone from the 40-man roster. The Yankees need bench and pitching. it'll be interesting if it does happwn.

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