White Sox acquire Francisco Liriano from Twins

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer
Francisco Liriano is headed to Chicago. (Getty Images)

The White Sox moved to shore up their rotation by acquiring lefty Francisco Liriano from the Twins. In exchange, the Twins will receive LHP Pedro Hernandez and shortstop Eduardo Escobar.

On the season, Liriano has a 5.31 ERA in 100.0 innings pitched; however, he's generally fared much better since returning from his bullpen exile. When he was sent to the bullpen after his start on May 7, he had an ERA of 9.45. When he was restored to his starting role, he had an ERA of 8.47, and since that point he's posted an ERA of 3.68. Obviously, the Sox are hoping that recent trends hold (save for Liriano's disaster start last time out).

Liriano will be owed the balance of his $5.5-million salary for this season. He'll be eligible for free agency this winter.

On the Minnesota side of things, Hernandez, 23, has a 2.94 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 15 appearances (14 starts) between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte this season. He made his major-league debut on July 18 against the Red Sox and allowed eight runs on 12 hits in 4.0 innings pitched.

As for Escobar, also 23, he had a career OPS of .666 as a minor-leaguer, and this season in Chicago, where he's served as a utility infielder, he's offered up an awful batting line of .195/.275/.244 in 92 plate appearances.

This deal marks the first trade between the Twins and White Sox since April of 1986.

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