As soon as the rumors of Francisco Liriano’s availability began, I knew the Yankees were going to be brought up as potential suitors. They’re always thrown around, but considering the panic over the rotation, it becomes much more realistic that the Yankees could be involved. Now, I won’t get into the prospects or players that would have to be involved in the trade, but I would like to talk about Liriano and what exactly he is as a pitcher.
Liriano was signed by the Giants in 2000 as an outfielder, but they converted him into a pitcher because of the promise in his arm. His minor-league career went along swimmingly, except for a blip in 2003 due to shoulder problems, and he was traded to the Twins for AJ Pierzynski. Liriano quickly re-established himself and arrived in the majors as a 21-year old. Before the 2006 season, he was named as the 6th best prospect in the majors by Baseball America. During that season, he threw 121 dominant innings for the Twins. Unfortunately, he didn’t step on a mound in 2007 due to Tommy John surgery. After a particularly rough recovery from the surgery, he was able to throw 76 capable innings in 2008, but he clearly wasn’t the same. That lasted throughout the 2009 season as his ERA approached 6. Everything changed, however, in 2010.
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