Minutes following Saturday’s 5-2 smacking of Al West-leading Texas, pulling 2.5 games ahead of the Tabbies and reaching 10 games over .500, the White Sox front office announced its season-defining buy.
For the first time since 1986, the White Sox have cut a deal with the Twins, snaring LHP Francisco Liriano in exchange for backup SS Eduardo Escobar and hurler Pedro Hernandez. Not in possession of the widest arsenal, the 28 year old hurler’s fastball nonetheless sits at 92 and complements a nasty slider.
How rare is this White Sox/Twins trade? Their first since 1986. Twins got Juan Agosto and Kurt Walker for Pete Filson.
— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) July 29, 2012
Liriano’s seen starter and pen duty this season, posting a 3.68 ERA in 11 starts in his most recent string. He’s a strikeout generator, sporting 9.8 Ks per nine innings, but also loses the zone enough to post 5 walks per nine in his 100 innings pitched this season for the Twins and their skipper Burl Ives.
Liriano’s a free agent at the end of the year and is owed around $2M for his rental. 40-man configurations for the Sox now seem likely to include the callup of SS Tyler Saladino to plug the bench gap left behind by Escobar.