Twins fans are hoping Liriano stays put in Minnesota, but will all the trade pressure get to the ace?

Source: Liriano Could Be Traded Within Two Weeks

There have been numerous reports that

NEW YORK — The thought was laughable at best a few weeks ago, but now the possibility that Twin’s ace Francisco Liriano gets traded just became very real. It has been reported by multiple sources that the New York Yankees have given the Twin’s a call about Liriano, who is eligible for free agency in 2012. Despite the fact Liriano is considered the Twin’s ace, Minnesota is deep in starting pitching and could sell to the highest bidder.

That bidder will most likely be the New York Yankees.

The Yankees, who usually get what they want, have been snubbed on all possible free agent options at starting pitching; a position they are in severe need of depth and help.

The most likely option the Yankee’s sought after was Cliff Lee, and like every other year, the Bombers thought they had Lee in their back pocket. Lee pulled the ultimate twist ending and signed back with the Phillies instead of New York or Texas. Next on their list was Carl Pavano who ultimately decided not to return to his team twice removed and instead resign with his most current team, the Twins.

“Nobody’s available. Nobody of value, anyway.” said Yankee’s GM Brian Cashman.

Some sources have stated that a trade between the two teams will be made within two weeks time. This is most likely not going to be the case, however there is logic in making that prediction.

The Yankees are going to want to have their rotation set and feel confident in it by the end of Spring Training. Having Liriano and CC Sabathia back-to-back in the rotation would give New York some comfort.

Reps from the Twins are saying Liriano is not available for a trade right now, but didn’t specifically say whether or not they would entertain the idea towards the end of Spring Training. Cashman and the Yankees are also saying there has been no talks between the two ball-clubs about the ace.

But if a trade isn’t made before the beginning of the season, don’t rule out the possibility of it happening in-season. This already sounds like the ideal story to bring down to the wire at the July Trade Deadline, as every year there is one big pitcher who is in the mix to get traded.

This year, that could be Liriano.

The Twins would have a very good grasp on what they have in terms of rotation depth by then, and have a feel for how confident they are in said rotation moving forward towards a playoff push. Without Liriano, the Twins rotation would be (in no order): Carl Pavano, Scott Baker, Kevin Slowey, Nick Blackburn and Brian Duensing. Plus Kyle Gibson is making waves in the Twins system and Minnesota also has pitchers Glen Perkins, Jeff Manship and David Bromberg stashed away and ready to make noise at the Major League level in either the starting rotation or the bullpen.

But if the Twins make a trade and sell Liriano, they may be able to get more than face value. The reason for this is the Yankees projected starting rotation for Opening Day:

CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, Phil Hughes, and either Bartolo Colon, Ivan Nova or Sergio Mitre in the four and five slots.

The Twins would target Nova and Joba Chamberlain, a player they highly coveted when the Yankees were interested in another Twin’s pitcher: Johan Santana.

The evidence is there that the Twins could pull the trigger on a deal with the Yankees, but then again the Twins aren’t interested in dealing their ace to a team who has repeatedly bounced them out of the playoffs and will most likely be looking to do so again this year. But if the price is right, and the feeling is right, Francisco Liriano may be wearing pinstripes before the 2011 season is over.

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  • Frank

    I really hope Liriano doesn’t get traded. I like the other guys we have but Liriano is a rock. I’d take him over any of our guys except Pavano and maybe Slowey.

  • Nicole

    Awesome article. You should write more, I always come here looking for your stuff but you never have a new article. It’s so professional, idk I just really feel like I’m reading a legit sports site. Post more!! lol :)

    Oh and if Liriano gets traded we better get something that actually results in a productive player rather than useless prospects.

  • Susie

    Liriano won’t get traded, everyone needs to calm the hell down. If anything he will re-sgn a one year deal after 2012 and after that he’ll be a washed up guy nobody will want. Nice article though, I actually did enjoy it even if you are wrong and paranoid.

  • Larua

    This is terrible news! Not the way I wanted to wake up for school, I love Liriano, he cant be traded!! I’d hate the wins if they traded him.

  • Maija

    I have seen some of these rumors, and I think they are just that–rumors. Both the Twins FO and the Yankees FO have denied anything is going on. It’s the media that started this rumor, and the one that keeps it going (they need something to talk about, and this subject seems to get people going, so why not?)

    Also, Liriano isn’t an FA until after the 2012 season (it was a bit ambiguous, the way you put it). So he’s under team control for two years. Why would the Twins trade him now? It doesn’t make any sense because it’s not true.

  • Sarah

    I agree, it’s all rumors. But I don’t think it’s all media hype. When you think about it, there is a little logic in the deal. We have a lot of pitching and Liriano is a hot commmodity right now even if it is by default. Awesome article! Write more, they’re really good.

  • TOm

    All this is just New York hyping crap up. They’re babies who are throwing a media fit storm because they can’t get what they want. Spoiled brats.