The White Sox moved to shore up their rotation by acquiring lefty Francisco Liriano from the Twins. In exchange, the Twins will receive LHP Pedro Hernandez and shortstop Eduardo Escobar.
On the season, Liriano has a 5.31 ERA in 100.0 innings pitched; however, he’s generally fared much better since returning from his bullpen exile. When he was sent to the bullpen after his start on May 7, he had an ERA of 9.45. When he was restored to his starting role, he had an ERA of 8.47, and since that point he’s posted an ERA of 3.68. Obviously, the Sox are hoping that recent trends hold (save for Liriano’s disaster start last time out).
Liriano will be owed the balance of his $5.5-million salary for this season. He’ll be eligible for free agency this winter.
On the Minnesota side of things, Hernandez, 23, has a 2.94 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 15 appearances (14 starts) between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte this season. He made his major-league debut on July 18 against the Red Sox and allowed eight runs on 12 hits in 4.0 innings pitched.
Posted: July 29, 2012 at 12:02 AM | 23 comment(s)
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