The Chicago White Sox were searching for a starting pitcher and GM Kenny Williams found his guy. Saturday night the Chicago White Sox acquired Francisco Liriano from the Minnesota Twins for infielder Eduardo Escobar and starter Pedro Hernandez. I personally feel that this is a great deal for the White Sox as they really needed that help in the rotation with the uncertainty of John Danks. This move also allows starters like Chris Sale and Jose Quintana who have not pitched as many innings as they are going to be asked this year especially if the White Sox make the playoffs.
Liriano, 28, has pitched pitched for the Minnesota Twins since 2005. He was actually traded to the Twins in a deal that sent his new battery mate, AJ Pierzynski, to the San Francisco Giants. This season started off terribly for the left hander as he went 1-5 with a 9.45 ERA in his first six starts. Then he was moved to the bullpen for 5 games throwing 7.1 innings to a 4.91 ERA. Since then he has 11 starts with a 3.68 ERA and a 5-6 record. He has 109 strikeouts in 100 innings pitched this year.
Escobar, 23, is hitting .207/.281/.276 in 97 plate appearances. The infielder is known more for his glove than his bat. He is an excellent defender that given a chance to play everyday could become a decent offensive player.
Hernandez, 23, is a left handed starting pitcher that was acquired in the Carlos Quentin deal this past offseason. He had impressed in the minors between AA and AAA going 8-2 with a 2.94 ERA in 15 games (14 starts). He made his major league debut for the White Sox against the Boston Red Sox on July 18. He took the loss going 4 innings giving up 12 hits and 8 earned runs.
With Liriano joining the White Sox rotation, that will keep the AL Central race very tight throughout the rest of the season. I am also expecting White Sox’ pitching coach Don Cooper to help Liriano get his control taken care of and help him pitch better down the stretch. Liriano will make his White Sox debut against none other than the Minnesota Twins Tuesday night in Minnesota.