Francisco Liriano decided to go to the National League. Liriano signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates for a two year $14 million dollar contract. For the Pirates it’s a good signing and perhaps, in the National League, Liriano will perform well. Don’t worry Chicago White Sox fans; it isn’t a bad thing that the White Sox didn’t re-sign Liriano.
While Liriano was with the Minnesota Twins he was 3-10 with a 5.31 ERA. The White Sox decided to trade for Liriano in hopes that they could catch lightning in a bottle and that pitching coach Don Cooper could work his magic and fix Liriano. Cooper wasn’t able to fix him. Liriano was 3-2 with a 5.40 ERA in 12 games with the White Sox.
Losing Liriano doesn’t affect the pitching rotation for the White Sox. The way that the rotation looks for 2013 is as follows: Chris Sale, John Danks (if he is healthy enough), Jake Peavy, Gavin Floyd and Jose Quintana. Hector Santiago might also compete for a spot and there is still a possibility that Floyd could be traded.
There just wasn’t any room left for Liriano. His numbers didn’t justify that the White Sox spend $14 million to sign him either. Liriano hasn’t been lights out since 2006 when he had Tommy John surgery to help the pain in his elbow. Since then Liriano’s numbers haven’t been the same. If Cooper couldn’t help Liriano then I don’t think anyone could.
The White Sox are still interested in signing Brett Myers to be either a starter or to remain in the bullpen. So, if the White Sox want to spend money on a pitcher they could spend it on him.
Like I said, nothing to worry about White Sox fans.
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