On Monday night, Francisco Liriano is scheduled to make his 130th start in a Twins uniform. It might also be his last.
With 25 strikeouts over his last two starts and a 2.84 ERA since the start of May, Liriano is the hottest pitcher in baseball. He also might be the most appealing rental available on the trade market, with Zack Greinke's market cooling
and Cole Hamels perhaps closing in on an extension
with the Phillies.
Just over a week remains until the deadline, increasing the urgency for pitching-hungry contenders who could begin making hard pushes for the Minnesota left-hander, especially if he turns in another strong outing against the White Sox.