OAKLAND, CA - JULY 29: Francisco Liriano #47 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates after an inning-ending double play in the fourth against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on July 29, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Chicago White Sox GM Kenny Williams made yet another impact trade yesterday, this time acquiring southpaw Francisco Liriano from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for infielder Eduardo Escobar and left-handed pitcher Pedro Hernandez. Could this help the White Sox win the AL Central? Did the Twins get enough in return? Here's the latest reactions from pundits around the league...
- White Sox GM Ken Williams said adding another starter to the team was "imperative" for the two months remaining in the season, reports Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
- David Schoenfield of ESPN believes the White Sox took a good risk worth taking and calls the trade "a typical Kenny Williams move -- high risk, perhaps mocked, but one with a potential nice payoff."
- The Boston Red Sox were one of the finalists to acquire Francisco Liriano, tweets Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.
- Liriano may be no Greinke, but the White Sox got better in an area of need while giving up next to nothing, writes Eric Seidman of FanGraphs.
- Jesse of TwinkieTown rationalizes the trade from a Twins perspective and opines the fans shouldn't blame GM Terry Ryan for such a low return.
- Larry of SouthSideSox has interesting quotes and thoughts from White Sox GM Ken Williams and Francisco Liriano.