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
In yet another one of the rare trades between two division rivals, the Chicago White Sox have announced the acquisition of left-handed starting pitcher Francisco Liriano from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for infielder Eduardo Escobar and left-handed pitcher Pedro Hernandez. Escobar and Hernandez will both be assigned to Minnesota's Class Triple-A affiliate.
Sox acquire Liriano for Escobar and Pedro Hernandez— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 29, 2012
White Sox GM Kenny Williams failed to acquire right-hander Zack Greinke, but Liriano could potentially be a nice consolation prize for his team. This will be also be Williams' third notable trade during the regular season, having acquired third baseman Kevin Youkilis and reliever Brett Myers before pulling of this deal.
Francisco Liriano, 28, has posted a 5.31 ERA across 100 innings of work (17 starts). He's striking out more batters than he ever has (9.8 K/9) since 2006, but is also walking as many batters as ever has (5.0 BB/9). This deal could mean the injured John Danks will not be healthy enough to pitch for the remainder of this season.