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Twins’ talks with Francisco Liriano going “backwards”

Dec 9, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

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The Twins made some sort of offer earlier this winter to free agent left-hander Francisco Liriano.

But it apparently wasn’t a very attractive one.

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Saturday that negotiations between the Twins’ front office and Liriano’s representatives “have gone backwards.” And it doesn’t sound like there’s a strong desire from either side at the moment to get those discussions headed in a positive direction.

Liriano registered an ugly 5.34 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 167/87 K/BB ratio in 156 2/3 innings this past season between the Twins and White Sox.

And he had a 5.09 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 134 1/3 innings for Minnesota in 2011.

Even in a highly lucrative market for starting pitchers, the 29-year-old southpaw is going to have to settle for a one-year deal with a low base salary. Again, it’s not clear what the Twins might have offered.

  1. seeinred87 - Dec 9, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    From a BP Annual:

    “He looked like a once-per-generation talent, like the only man capable of making Johan Santana a number-two starter. We just hope it all comes back, because you didn`t have to be a Twins fan to love watching him pitch.”

    • bkunza - Dec 9, 2012 at 7:16 PM

      That was a long time ago.

      • seeinred87 - Dec 9, 2012 at 7:25 PM

        For sure. There’s always the hope that maybe he’ll find it again. Or at least I always hope that in cases like this. I think with just a few more innings last year, he would have been qualified for and led the league in K/9. I mean that’s not a huge deal, but it’s something.

  2. bkunza - Dec 9, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    That’s good news for Twins fans. We really don’t want him back. We have the same pitching coach and he couldn’t change those horrible mechanics.

    • albertmn - Dec 10, 2012 at 9:26 AM

      The Twins need to quit acting like a woman in an abusive relationship and cut the cord on this guy. He is out of your life, keep it that way.

  3. Carl Hancock - Dec 9, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Liriano was either brilliant or terrible on the mound. Amazing how he could be so good and then be so bad.

    • protius - Dec 10, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      I had a wife like that once; just once.

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