Saturday, July 28, 2012

The White Sox Trade For Francisco Liriano

Well when you can't get Zack Greinke, sometimes you just have to settle for Francisco Liriano.

Yep, right after the Sox game ended on Saturday night the team announced it had traded Pedro Hernandez and Eduardo Escobar to the Minnesota Twins for Francisco Liriano.

Which is a trade I'm just fine with, even though I do have a bit of an unexplained crush on Eduardo Escobar. I like the trade because it adds starting pitching depth the Sox sorely need right now, and it really didn't cost much to get him.

We'll never forget Pedro Hernandez getting crushed by the Red Sox, and there wasn't much in that start to regret losing.

Escobar is a player I like, but with Orlando Hudson also on the bench, he's not really a player this team needs. Though I do fear that once he gets his magical Twins middle infielder powers he will haunt us for eternity.

As for Liriano, he got rocked by the Sox last week, yes, but he's been pitching very well for the last two months. He's 3-10 with a 5.31ERA this season, but since June he's 2-5 with a 4.05 ERA. Take out the start against the Sox and he's 2-4 with an ERA of 3.15 ERA.

If there's anything to worry about, though, it's Liriano's numbers at The Cell. In 11 games (8 starts) he's 3-4 with a 5.77 ERA. That's kind of scary, but considering what the White Sox gave up for him, they don't really lose anything if he fails.

So it's not the huge deal a lot of people wanted, but it's the kind of smaller deal that can pay large dividends.


  1. I feel much more comfortable with Hudson in the field over Escobar, and their bats are about equal. Coop has seen Liriano pitch a good bit and I'm thinking there's a lot to like with him. Can't wait to see what Coop can do with him. And as you said, if he fails, well the expectations really aren't that high anyway. My question is who does he replace in the rotation?


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