Free Agency Rumors: Francisco Liriano Back To Minnesota?

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The Minnesota Twins will no doubt be looking to address their starting rotation through free agency this winter, and with the understanding that a big name free agent isn’t coming, the Twins could be targeting a familiar friend. Easily the second best left-hander on the market, Francisco Liriano could be making a return.

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Prior to pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and before a brief stop in Chicago with the White Sox, Liriano was a Twins favorite. Robert Murray is reporting that the hurler has met with six teams, and sources have indicated that the Twins are likely one of them.

Although Francisco Liriano wasn’t anywhere near strong form when he left the Twins, he was once regarded as one of the best pitchers in the American League.

Liriano was one of the pitchers consistently tied to Rick Anderson in suggesting that the pitching coach no longer had it. Always noted as a guy that needed to get out of his own way, Liriano is a lights out pitcher when he is confident and rolling.

If the price is right, a return back to Minnesota would be a welcomed addition to the Twins rotation. Should he end up back with the Twins, he would likely slot in behind Phil Hughes in the rotation.

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