Chicago White Sox – LHP Francisco Liriano
Minnesota Twins – INF Eduardo Escobar, LHP Pedro Hernandez
The two trades listed above, along with addition of Kevin Youkilis earlier in the month certainly made Kenny Williams and the Chicago White Sox among the most successful teams at upgrading their roster this summer.
The additions of Liriano and Myers don’t necessary look that great on paper, however they’re certainly capable of making contributions down the stretch for the White Sox.
The numbers don’t look particularly great for Liriano who’s a free-agent at the end of the season. With the Twins, Liriano was 3-10 with a 5.31 ERA. However, he did record 109 strikeouts in 100 innings. Liriano’s a power arm with one of the best sliders in the game and he just so happened to show the Twins exactly that in his first outing as a White Sox. Liriano struck out eight over six innings allowing two runs on only four hits.
Before the addition of Liriano to the rotation, Kenny Williams also attempted to boilster his bullpen by acquiring Houston closer Brett Myers. Recently Jesse Crain returned from the DL as well, so now the South-Siders add a little experience to their ‘pen which has seen seven rookies in the mix this season. The fact the he’s now in a position to get back to the postseason should only amp him up down the stretch, and this move was certainly worth it for Chicago who didn’t have to give up much for their three new players. Kenny Williams and company were definitely winners at this years MLB Trade Deadline.
Aaron Kirn is the Director of Video for Rant Sports
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