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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
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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: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:24 am
 

Report: Yanks, Twins thinking Liriano swap

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Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 12:37 pm
 

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The Yanks can have him if they want to send at least 2 top prospects for him....The Twins arent going tio give him away...Texas also likes Liriano...So that could drive the price up and the Twins usually do pretty well in those deals


LOL...Just like Santana...when the Mets Hosed the Twins because they out played themselfs...thay had an offer on the table for Santana that included Ellsbury and Lester and they said no...they had an offer on the table for Hughes and they said no...instead they got a bunch of mid-level prospects from the Mets after the Twins went too high with their demands and Boston and the Yanks walked away.

Great Job!! I guess this is the usual part where they don't do well. When did thet do well? Knobloach for milton and Guzman perhaps...LOL




Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:14 pm
 

Report: Yanks, Twins thinking Liriano swap

The Yanks can have him if they want to send at least 2 top prospects for him....The Twins arent going tio give him away...Texas also likes Liriano...So that could drive the price up and the Twins usually do pretty well in those deals...




Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:08 pm
 

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"the yankee's are a very old team and there not getting any younger any time soon."


Yankees average age is 27.9 years old.........compared to the Philly who is 29.0 years old....compared to the Red Sox at 28.5 years old.......Ouch



Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:04 pm
 

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SoxceltsPatsloser is pretty upset.......The Red Sox spend, spend, spend and they are the 3rd best team in the AL East........LOL




Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:00 pm
 

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At this point, I dont we need to unload three of the top three prospects for Liriano....Two top level at most.........



Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2011 12:52 pm
 

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I suppose that it never gets tiring for certain people to bash either the Red Sox, or conversely the Yankees. However I gotta say that I am so sick of the bashing. It never does anything other than start a "You're an idiot" kind of thread.  If that's all you have to say, please keep quiet, enough already.

The realy losers here would be the Twins if this trade went through.  The Yankees would gain a decent pitcher, giving them a little more depth, and whatever happens, it will not really affect the Red Sox too much. The Yankee roster is not going to "scare" the Sox this year. And two class pitchers doesn't make a rotation. The Twins are always fighting for their life in the Central though, don't really see how they could afford this trade. Unless the Yanks offer twice what Liriano is worth, I don't see how the Twins can do this with a clear conscience.



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 12:44 pm
 

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Say goodbye to Montero, Betances, and Banuelos  ... gitter done ...  only the Spankees
Sorry, the Yankees wouldn't need to give up that much for a guy like Liriano.


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