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Angels, Orioles in mix for Francisco Liriano

Jul 26, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

Francisco Liriano Reuters

A source told’s Jon Morosi that the Angels and Orioles are continuing to pursue Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano in advance of next week’s trade deadline.

Liriano appears about as likely to be dealt as any pitcher in the league right now. Since his inconsistency won’t stop him from receiving significant bids in free agency, the Twins have little incentive for keeping him around. He’s never bought into their pitching philosophy anyway.

The 28-year-old Liriano is 3-10 with a 5.31 ERA this season, but he’s had enough strong outings lately to drum up some interested. He struck out 15 A’s on July 13 and 10 Orioles five days later. While he did give up seven runs in his last start against the White Sox, he still has a 3.68 ERA in 11 starts since May 30.

The Twins may prefer to see what happens with Zack Greinke before making a move, since Liriano could be viewed as a consolation prize for one of the losers in that race. The Angels, for instance, probably wouldn’t make their best offer for Liriano until they know Greinke is out of reach.

  1. raindog - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    It’s not that he’s never bought in. He’s just not that kind of pitcher. I don’t think he has the ability to consistently keep the ball in the strike zone. Regardless, he’s a great, if inconsistent pitcher.

  2. soundsofsuccess7 - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    I wouldn’t give them Bourjos or Conger for Liriano, possibly Loek Van Mil back to them..

    • Bryz - Jul 26, 2012 at 6:55 PM

      Except Loek van Mil is now with the Indians.

      • jarathen - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:56 AM

        That’s what makes it so great!

        Trevor Bell will tie together the package.

  3. elgorditodehumboldt - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Would this really be an upgrade over Ervin Santana/Jerome Williams/Garrett Richards? I’m not sure that Liriano would really be worth trading anyone for.

    • elgorditodehumboldt - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:06 PM

      …and this comes from an Angels fan that HATES Ervin Santana. Liriano seems to have all of the same issues that he does.

  4. watermelon1 - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Come on Orioles… go for the name brand for once. Go after Greinke. Liriano is what you already have in your pitching staff… wildly inconsistent.

    • southpaw2k - Jul 27, 2012 at 8:26 AM

      Greinke would almost certainly cost Bundy and/or Machado – would you really want to give up one or both those guys to rent Greinke for 2 months? I wouldn’t.

      And don’t tell me you think the Orioles should offer a package of Roberts, Reynolds, Xavier Avery, and Pedro Strop for Greinke. The only good thing that would come from that kind of offer would be Doug Melvin falling out of his chair laughing as he hung up the phone on Duquette.

      • bmorelikeme - Jul 27, 2012 at 9:04 AM

        Agreed, I absolutely love that I’m still checking the standings in late July, but this O’s team isn’t going to win the WS this year. Liriano could give us another (potentially) solid option down the stretch in 2012 with out hurting the squad into 2013 and beyond.

  5. kylemoss - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    The Angels are always thrown around any Mid-Level/star player that is rumored to be available.

    But, if im the Angels only way I would ever make a trade for Liriano is if the Twins are taking Veron Wells lol.

    • cosanostra71 - Jul 26, 2012 at 10:11 PM

      as much as I would love that, it’s the definition of a “pipe dream”.

  6. chafe45 - Jul 26, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Maybe they could get JJ Hardy back for him. (that’s tongue-in-cheek, y’all)

  7. mntreehugger - Jul 27, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Note to the orioles, you aren’t dealing with billy smith anymore. There will be no theft by swindle with this deal.

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