Francisco Liriano traded to the White Sox-Can Liriano get back to form?

By Richard Janvrin-TRST Senior MLB Analyst Follow Richard on Twitter: @RJanvrin3_TRST

After pushing to trade Gavin Floyd in hopes for prospects to flip for Zack Greinke and coming up short, the White Sox opted to trade with division rival Minnesota for lefty, Francisco Liriano.

The team announced the deal today for the lefty and in return, the Twins acquired IF Eduardo Escobar and lefty, Pedro Hernandez who both rank outside the top 100 prospects, according to Baseball America.

Liriano has been subjected to numerous trade rumors over the years and now finally, in 2012, he’s traded. He is owed approximately $2.2M for the rest of the year and is eligable for Free Agency after this season.

Liriano, 28, has thrown an even 100 innings this year and has pitched to a 3-10 record with a 5.31 ERA and a K/9 of 9.8. He’s been a prominent strikeout pitcher in his career posting a carrer K/9 of 9.1.

With this trade, the White Sox may be looking to finagle a trade for starter Gavin Floyd in hopes of building up the worst farm system in all of baseball.

With Greinke, Hamels, and now Liriano off the market, all teams in need of starters (Atlanta, Texas, Cleveland, New York, Boston, Dodgers), will turn their attention to Ryan Dempster and James Shields. At this point, Shields’ trade value can never be higher.

Escobar, 23 has seen time in the big this year. He’s played in 35 games for the White Sox through his 92 PA’s, though, he’s struck out 22 times and holds a pedestrian line of .195/.275/.244 with no homers.

Hernandez, 23, has pitched well in the minors this season. Between Double-A and Triple-A, Hernandez has pitched to an 8-2 record with a 2.94 ERA over 85 innings with 52 strikeouts.

Both players, Escobar and Hernandez, have been optioned to Triple-A Rochester and a corresponding 40 man roster move will be made tomorrow.

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