Francisco Liriano Rumors: Twins Seek Pitching in Trade

July 18, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (47) walks off the field after the fourth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Minnesota Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano is quickly becoming the team’s "best trade chip," according to Scott Miller of CBSSports.com, and he’s hearing the club’s focus on potential return is clear; pitching, pitching, pitching:

Whatever the Twins do at the July 31 deadline, and sizzling lefty Francisco Liriano is producing just in the nick of time as their best trade chip, their mission is clear.

They will require pitching in return.

Then, they will turn their attention to acquiring more pitching.

Miller notes that the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Los Angeles Angels, Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox have all been keeping an eye on Liriano this summer.

The 28-year-old’s performance has been much-improved of late, posting ERA’s of 2.87 and 3.46 over the months of June and July. Liriano’s strikeout numbers have also improved over the past few months. He’s collected 77 strikeouts over his last 63 innings of work, including 25 K’s in his last 14 IP.

Despite his impressive recent performance, Liriano still sports and ERA and WHIP of 4.81 and 1.397 on the season. He’s making $5.5 million this year and will become a free agent following the season.

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Which team is the best fit for Liriano?

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