Minnesota Twins: Why Trading Francisco Liriano Helps Everybody

Zak SchmollAnalyst IJune 1, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 30: Francisco Liriano #47 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the first inning on May 30, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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How many of you remember when Francisco Liriano was supposed to be the next big thing? After all, he burst onto the major league season in 2006 going 12-3 with a 2.16 ERA.

However, after he sustained an injury that cost him all of 2007, his career has been rather up-and-down. 2008 and 2010 were solid while 2009, 2011 and what we have already seen of 2012 have been a little bit shaky.

Even with his rough start this season that has him sitting at a 1-5 record with a 7.20 ERA, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, one other major league executive spoke about how Liriano could be worth a look in "a short-term situation."

Trading away Liriano would be a great move for the Minnesota Twins as well as any partner they can find in this type of trade.

For the Twins, it is rather obvious that they need to rebuild right now. If you have any doubts about that, check out this article on Grantland by Jonah Keri.

The simple fact of the matter is that they really need to sell any pieces that they can to get prospects and hope for the future. Liriano is probably not part of the Minnesota Twins' long-term picture.

On the other hand, Liriano could be a great piece for a contender right now. I previously talked about how his career has been rather feast or famine.

Since his price tag will not be incredibly high, he could very well be worth the risk. When he is on top of his game, he is easily capable of pitching well for the next few months.

Of course, this report is only based on one rival executive who said that Liriano might have value, but the Minnesota Twins should be actively looking to trade Liriano. It will be better for the franchise, better for Liriano himself and better for the team that will receive Liriano's services.


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