MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 18: Francisco Liriano #47 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles during the first inning on July 18, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
The Twins are inclined to listen to trade offers for Liriano, because of their need to accumulate power arms for the future.
The Angels, frustrated with the inconsistency of Ervin Santana, are one potential suitor. When asked last week about Liriano – his former teammate – Angels outfielder Torii Hunter said, "Don’t be surprised. He’s been on our radar the last two years. Liriano would be pretty good. They like Liriano over here."
Liriano has transformed his trade value over the past few months, using strong start after strong start to lower his ERA from 8.47 to 4.81. Morosi goes as far as saying that Liriano could become the most attractive southpaw on the market if Cole Hamels re-signs with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Beyond the Angels, the New York Yankees, New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays and Boston Red Sox have all been eyeing Liriano this summer. Morosi adds that the Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals are all also looking for starting pitchers, though it’s not clear if any have serious interest in Liriano.
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