Joba or Nova for Liriano?

Liriano has of course had a bevy of injury issues so far in his career, but when he’s healthy he’s a legitimate #1 starter on just about every team in baseball. He’s a strikeout and ground ball machine, and those guys just don’t go on trees. It’s not clear whether Nightengale was reporting something he heard from sources in or around the Twins organization or merely speculating on what the Yankees would have to give up, but suffice it to say that if the Yankees actually can acquire Liriano for a package centered around Nova or Joba, the Twins would be selling exceptionally low on a guy who was one of the 5-10 best pitchers in the American League last season.

I took some heat a while back for saying I wouldn’t be excited about trading Manny Banuelos for Liriano, and the more the situation develops, the more I think that’s a pretty solid position to take. Aside from Liriano’s injury history, its just hard to get over how willing the Twins are to trade this guy if these reports are accurate. After all, Minnesota is a team that’s in a position to get to the playoffs this year and probably next year as well, so it doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense for them to trade away their best starting pitcher with two years of team control remaining. If they would really give him away for Ivan Nova this season, the Twins front office has either lost their minds, or there’s some other reason they’re so willing to get rid of Liriano. And that sends up some red flags with me, warning signs that would at least make me think long and hard before I parted with one of my elite, near major league ready prospects.

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

17 thoughts on “Joba or Nova for Liriano?

  1. Reading over at Nick's Twins Blog, the Twins seem to be questioning Liriano's conditioning and work ethic. Perhaps the Twins have seen some of those pics of Bartolo Colon and they've concluded that the Yanks are a good place for pitchers with questionable conditioning.

  2. I agree that none of the Killer Bs should be involved in a trade for Liriano, especially with the ever-present questions about his health and the new ones about his conditioning.

    But if the Yanks did their homework and found out he was completely healthy and good to go, I would trade Nova AND Joba for him, if the Twins want to make that deal. I would clean out their lockers, pack their bags for them, and drive them to the airport if the Yankees asked me to.

    Brien said it perfectly, Liriano is an ace on any team with his stuff and his numbers. You absolutely trade a 'back of the rotation' prospect and what amounts to your 6th inning reliever for an ace.

  3. FORGET IS THE ACE WE LOOKING FOR.IT A NICE TRADE FOR BOTH TEAMS JOBA.AND.NOVA ARE YOUNG THAT'S A BIG THING IN PITCHING IN THESE'S DAY. JUST WHY ARE THEY LOOKING AT JOBA OR NOVA I'M JUST HOPING IT NOT THE BOTH IF THEM

  4. if they wanted to top the package with joba or nova i would tie the big red ribbon on them myself. it does make you think they know something that the rest of the league doesn't if they are willing to sell low like that.

  5. I HOPE THE YANKEES ARE DOING THEY HOME WORK . BECAUSE HE WAS HURT IN THE PAST ARE YOU GETTING THE LIRIANO OF THE PAST OR IS HE HEALTHY.I THINK HE'S GOOD IF HEALTHY. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THIS IT DOES NOT MATTER BECAUSE WE ARE JUST FANS OF THIS GAME THEY CALL BASEBALL IT ALL ABOUT THE [MONEY]

  6. why not wait for Billy Bean to unload Trevor Cahill once the As aren't in contention again

  7. Joba for Liriano is a fair trade. Lets keep the young guys. I'd question Joba's conditioning just as much as the Twins question Liriano's.

  8. How likely is this to actually happen? Is just more "Yanks are short on pitching so rumors are running rampant" garbage, or is this a legitimate possibility?

    I think I agree with Marc. I'm ok with Joba and some low level prospects, but I'm not sure I'd give up Nova. I mean, if you do give Nova up, that still leaves you with the Garcia, Colon, and Mitre merry-go-round in the 5th spot.