As soon as the Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers deal became finalized, you had to know that Ken Williams would make a move of his own.
It's just that White Sox fans probably weren't looking for a pitcher that their team had shelled (2.2. IP, 7 hits, 7 ER, 3 HR) just prior to the trade.
Liriano still does rack up the strikeouts, but he also walks a lot more batters than he used to and he hasn't been the same pitcher that he was prior to the numerous injuries over the course of his career.
Sure, pitching depth is never a bad thing, but you have to wonder if Williams actually wanted to make this move or if it just a spontaneous response to the Tigers pulling the trigger?
Best case for Chicago: Liriano finds a new wind and helps this team greatly down the stretch in the AL Central.
Worst Case: Liriano's struggles continue and the high walk totals and pitch count tax the bullpen in nearly all of his starts.
For the Twins in this deal, they get a pair of guys who seemingly both have a lot of potential.
LHP Pedro Hernandez could compete for a spot in the rotation as soon as next year, while Eduardo Escobar continues to develop his game and eventually could become a solid middle infield guy.