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Reaction To The Francisco Liriano Trade

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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.