Francisco Liriano Rumors: Yankees, Blue Jays and Braves

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 06: Francisco Liriano #47 of the Minnesota Twins throws against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on July 6, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves have all scouted Minnesota Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano, reports Ben Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

The market continues to expand for the comebacking lefty, who keeps building steam (3-2 with a 2.74 ERA over his last eight starts) as he rebounds from a horrible first half. The trick for Terry Ryan is trading him at the right time before he starts to go south again. The Jays, Yankees, and Braves have all scouted him.

Cafardo notes that the Twins need to trade Liriano before his numbers start to "go south again." All three teams mentioned above, the Yankees, Blue Jays and Braves, have been linked to the inconsistent southpaw this summer.

New York has been interested in Liriano in the past, and Troy Renck of The Denver Post speculated New York could be interested in him in late-June.

It was reported this weekend that the Blue Jays were scouting the Twins’ Single-A affiliate, prompting rumors that the club could be interested in Liriano or Minnesota’s closer Matt Capps.

Atlanta has been tied to starting pitching since Brandon Beachy went down to injury. They have added Ben Sheet who pitched well in his debut yesterday.

Liriano owns an ERA and WHIP of 4.93 and 1.412 on the year, but he’s been much improved since rejoining the Twins’ rotation (2.84 ERA).

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