At this point it remains doubtful that the Yankees will make a move for a starting pitcher at the trade deadline coming up in two weeks, but if they do one of the pitchers they are believed to be interested in is Twins starter Francisco Liriano, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Liriano struggled early this season and his overall numbers aren’t very pretty as a result. However, the Twins removed him from the rotation briefly and since he’s gone back in he has been lights out. In Liriano’s last nine games he has a 2.83 ERA, a 10.52 K/9, 3.92 BB/9 and has held hitters to a .170/.268/.245 line.
Liriano is a free agent after this season which makes things sort of interesting. Normally the Yankees don’t like to trade for guys who are impending free agents as they try to avoid paying twice. However, in this case it could be a good two month audition for the Bronx and if he passed the audition than they might be on board for shelling out some money for him rather than say $24 million per over six or seven years for a guy like Cole Hamels.
He wouldn’t come cheap though. He’s still a talented young lefty, despite his struggles, which is always in demand. Also, it seems likely that while the Twins may not be able to afford re-signing him, they would at least be able to offer him enough to get a compensation pick.
It still seems unlikely that the Yankees will go after a starting pitcher. He is intriguing though and if nothing else Brian Cashman is keeping his eye on the market to make sure his price tag doesn’t fall into the Yankees range.