$12.5 million for Liriano? Just could be

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 28, 2012 - 11:12 PM

The erratic lefthander still is the best shot for a Twins ace.

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jackpine54Mar. 29, 12 1:57 AM

I saw him down here also.He's a different pitcher,in his final year.Twins beware!!!

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myblunderMar. 29, 12 3:09 AM

It wouldn't be the first time the Twins overpaid a player (cough, cough Joe "Baby Jesus" Mauer). And one more thing, players always perform better during a contract year. Remember that before you throw a bunch of money his way.

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bolock54Mar. 29, 12 6:40 AM

The Twins need this guy to step it up a notch and become the ACE that is needed on this club.....Hopefully it happens......Don't know what else to say on it.....

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callmestupidMar. 29, 12 6:53 AM

maybe a one year contract is what's needed, after all it keeps him in a contract year.

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wndwmkrMar. 29, 12 6:58 AM

Let Baker walk? Why not give him a little push but no one else would want him. 6.5 mill for 4 to 5 innings work per start. Sad. Just thinkin maybe he could be a poster boy for Obamacare?

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ranger78Mar. 29, 12 7:09 AM

So does this mean they over pay Liriano just to keep him? Even if he's just average like he's been since returning from the surgery? Pay him big bucks because they have nobody in the minors? This team is screwed. SI and ESPN are predicting 90 losses. It's not hard to image more than that.

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northhillMar. 29, 12 7:13 AM

Last year our pitching let us down in April.This April the schedule is just as brutal.Liriano hopefully has the stuff he had in 2006;but I'm not holding my breath.If the Twins get through Arpil playing .500 ball,I will be very impressed.

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holdsteady76Mar. 29, 12 7:37 AM

There is no way this team loses 90 games. M&M and Span are all going to have bounce back years. The infield play should be more consistent. NO WAY they lose 90.

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PainteddogMar. 29, 12 7:49 AM

IF (a big if) he pitches well this year you either A)trade him while his value is highest or B)gamle and offer him the one year $12 and hope someone signs him and you get the two draft picks. DO NOT sign him long term. Run far away from this guy. Way too mentally fragile to be an ace. An ace needs a bulldog mentality, this guy caves at the first sign of trouble.

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consultant1Mar. 29, 12 8:16 AM

It's ALL up to Liriano. This is a business, and if Liriano wants the contract/money, he'll need to produce on the field. And unless the Twins are somehow less than a handful of games out by the trade deadline, I suspect they will entertain offers and possibly move him.

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