Friday, February 11, 2011
The latest news is that with the Twins going into spring training with 6 starters for 5 spots, they may look into trading Francisco Liriano. Any starter who is up for trade is going to register on the Yankees radar and no doubt this has. Liriano is an intriguing option. Back in 2006 it looked like him and Johan Santana were going to become the best 1-2 pitchers in all of baseball. From there they looked poised to start a chain restaurant together cashing in on their fame, and staring in movies along side Brad Pitt, designing airplanes and stuff like that. But then Liriano needed the Tommy John. He missed all of 2007, and came back in 2008 making 14 starts with respectable numbers (3.91 ERA). 2009 proved to be very difficult for Liriano as he posted a career high 5.80 ERA. He apparently missed Johan Santana and rumors that the movie deal with Brad Pitt were falling through were clearly on his mind. He came back last year determined to get that movie deal back and pitched very well. He made 31 starts with a 3.62 ERA giving up just 9 homeruns over 191.2 innings. But then something happened. Brad Pitt no longer wanted to do a sequel to Troy, and Liriano's dream role as Paris just wasn't going to happen. With his focus now solely on baseball, the question is what are we willing to give for a player like Liriano? A left-hander owed just $4.3 million this season, but who comes with some injury concerns?