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  1. Liriano deal, Gardy, Valencia

    by , 07-29-2012 at 10:41 PM ("And we'll see ya' ... tomorrow night.")
    The Liriano deal is done. When I heard this deal, and the timing of the deal I was quite surprised. First, why are we trading top tier potential pitching to the AL Central? Why are we trading before his next scheduled start? Are you sure there isn't going to be a better deal out there?
    I can't answer these questions but I can speculate. My speculation is that Liriano is hiding an injury, didn't want to take the chance at him putting a stinker out there vs the Indians and lose all ...
  2. Twins Daily commentors and my 2-year old

    Ok. So Liriano has been traded to the White Sox for two marginal prospects. Let's look at at a few things we can assume to be correct:

    1) The Twins were not going to offer Liriano the $12.5 mil qualifying offer at the end of the year.
    2) The Twins do not want to roll the dice with Liriano in the future (ie long term contract).
    3) The Twins made the best deal they could as the deadline approached. Like it or not, 2 low level prospects was it.

    Now, Let's look ...
  3. Sunday's Minor League Round-up

    The Twins finished their sweep against the Indians this afternoon (in dominant fashion too, outscoring the Indians 28-6), but that’s not nearly the biggest news to transpire since Saturday evening’s convincing win.

    At exactly 10pm last night – exactly the time I decided to go to bed a little early – the White Sox announced on their Twitter account that they had acquired Francisco Liriano for Eduardo Escobar and Pedro Hernandez.

    It didn’t take long for everybody to hate ...
  4. pitching in the minors

    I just finished looking through the stats of our minor league affiliates from AAA down to the Appy League. When looking at pitchers I first look at WHIP, then k's to innings ratio and finallly k's/bb's ratio. I know there are many other stats/metrics but it's quick and easy to see who's having a good year and who isn't. So, give me some reason to be optimistic about our minor league pitching at this point. I'm not seeing much reason and really not seeing much dominance on anyone's part. It's ...
  5. My take on Liiriano Trade

    Scrambling to find out who the prospects were, I found the following, escobar a plus defender on the major league roster, Hernandez was being called up to start, so essentially the Twins traded for two major leaguers starting their careers. Hard to imagine a better haul given all the uncertainty surrounding Liriano.

    Had Liriano started again today, there might not have been any value left. Understanding, Terry Ryans ability and the circumstances, I think it was a pretty good deal. ...
  6. Sam Deduno and his "crazy" fastball

    Sam Deduno has a curveball that would be easily classified as “filthy” by baseball jargon standards but his fastball is “crazy” – at least by his own admission.

    According to a story from Rochester, the Red Wings pitchers were introducing themselves and speaking about their best pitches. When it was his turn, the 28-year-old right-hander from the Dominican introduced himself by saying “Sam Deduno and I have a crazy fastball.”

    Not crazy in the sense of a Aroldis Chapman 100 ...
  7. Ten Things I HATE About The Liriano Trade

    Ten Things I HATE About The Liriano Trade

    I started making a list of the top 10 things I hate about this trade for today’s Gleeman and the Geek podcast. I’m up to #28.

    (Kill me. Or better yet, add on in the comments section.)

    1. I hate that after waiting out the market so Liriano was the best remaining rental, the Twins traded him after his one terrible start in the last two months and less than 24 hours before a possible redeeming start.

    2. I ...
  8. Trade Implications: Liriano

    You can go read various threads and articles on this site if you want opinions on how the Twins did by trading Francisco Liriano to the division-leading Chicago White Sox.

    I'm going to break down what this trade does from an organization standpoint.


    It appears that the White Sox will pick up the rest of Liriano's tab for the season. This saved the Twins $2,073,800. (Their payroll is now $97,775,800 before factoring in the 25th player they need to ...
  9. Twins Trade Talk 2012: July 29: What did the Twins Receive in The Frankie Trade

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch

    This continues the dialy trade talk updates for the Twins and of action around the league that influences the Twins trade moves, up until the deadline. You can find all the older updates here, in reverse chronological order.

    Yesterday there was more action that talk, because the Twins have traded their ace Fransisco Liriano to the hated Chicago White Sox for SS Eduardo Escobar and LHP Pedro Hernandez. At first ...

    Updated 07-29-2012 at 10:02 AM by Thrylos

  10. Adopt a Prospect #6: Luis Perdomo's Debut!

    Well, that debut could definitely have gone better.

    After posting a .949 WHIP between AA & AAA (only .661 in AAA) Luis Perdomo gave up 1 hit, 3 walks and a Swagalicious Error to 7 batters last night, his first night as an honest to goodness Minnesota Twin. He was wild (19 balls to just 11 strikes) and gave up 2 (unearned) runs before leaving the bases loaded in low leverage situation.

    There is one natural thing to blame this on: THE SOUL PATCH!!

    LUIS, your ...
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