Memo to the Twins: Trade Francisco Liriano. Pronto.
Liriano’s next turn in the rotation comes Sunday against Cleveland. If his most recent performance offers any indication, the Twins need to salvage some sort of value from Liriano and dump the left-hander before teams lose interest in him — Bad Frankie, the guy we watched in April and May, seems ready to make a return.
Liriano’s last start, Monday against the White Sox: In 2 2/3 innings, he yielded seven earned runs on seven hits, including three homers.
Obviously, one start does not a season make. Still, if we’ve learned anything about Liriano in his five-plus seasons with the Twins, it’s that he’s prone to peaks and valleys. And this is not the time for the lefty to go into a funk. Another bad start prior to next week’s trade deadline could seriously deter interested teams, thereby severely hampering what Liriano could bring in a trade.
Thus, here’s to hoping Twins GM Terry Ryan doesn’t give Liriano the chance to further damage his trade value and pulls the plug on a deal sometime between now and Sunday.