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08:16 AM ET 07.19 | Francisco Liriano's Wednesday evening start could have been considered another audition. Preparing for a possible trade, the Twins are said to have a Plan B starting pitching option in place on days Liriano starts. Anthony Swarzak and Brian Duensing are both stretched out enough to make an emergency start. The Los Angeles Angels and Toronto Blue Jays have shown legitimate interest in Liriano in recent weeks, per sources, although it's possible the Blue Jays' stance as buyers could change now that slugger Jose Bautista is out with a wrist injury. Toronto's starting staff owns the seventh-worst ERA in baseball (4.54), which is why they have been scouting Liriano's last few starts.

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July 19, 2012  09:12 AM ET
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too bad it didn't work out for this kid. Had tons of talent and potential, but his head hasn't been the same since TJ surgery. Never was able to get that confidence back.

Agreed. He was a Tiger killer for a while. He just hasn't been able to get back to where he was before consistently.

July 19, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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too bad it didn't work out for this kid. Had tons of talent and potential, but his head hasn't been the same since TJ surgery. Never was able to get that confidence back.

No idea what to predict going forward on this kid, but after his pathetic start to this season, he's been pretty damn good. In his last ten starts dating back to May 30th, he's averaged 6.1 innings per, a 2.84 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 10.9 K/9.

I'm sure that's why teams are even considering him. Replace the Twins' pathetic offense with that of the Angels, or better yet the Blue Jays, and Liriano could be winning some games.

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July 19, 2012  11:28 AM ET

With Bautista's injury likely the final straw for Toronto, LAA is reportedly the only interested party left, which should hold down the bidding war. Of course, ESPN could be wrong about which teams are interested, or teams might be waiting until Hamels and Greinke situations are clarified. I think if I am Minnesota, I would slow down the negotiation unless LAA makes an offer too good to refuse.

July 19, 2012  11:32 AM ET

liriano could end with the halos,, a trade for liriano could incluyed morales and a minor leaguer who knows??

July 19, 2012  11:32 AM ET

liriano could be traded to the halos for morales and a minor leaguer but who knows??

July 19, 2012  11:35 AM ET
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With Bautista's injury likely the final straw for Toronto, LAA is reportedly the only interested party left, which should hold down the bidding war. Of course, ESPN could be wrong about which teams are interested, or teams might be waiting until Hamels and Greinke situations are clarified. I think if I am Minnesota, I would slow down the negotiation unless LAA makes an offer too good to refuse.

the angels are well aware about cole hamels capabilities and his tough level at the mound, this pitcher would give a hugh boost to any team whoever gets him through the trade deadline!!!

July 19, 2012  11:36 AM ET

greinke its good when he wants to pitch good, but then again he may would like to stay with the brewers who knows what could really happen??

July 19, 2012  11:39 AM ET

angels shouldn't trade pete bourjos, unstead the halos should trade morales and a minor leaguer, or they could trade tori hunter and morales and a minor leaguer for cole hamels i think this would be a great deal nevertheless!!

July 19, 2012  11:42 AM ET

the angels acknowledge their urgency for starters and their minor league system its TOO thin to even think about replace their slumping pitchers with triple AAA pitchers,!!

July 19, 2012  11:48 AM ET
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the angels acknowledge their urgency for starters and their minor league system its TOO thin to even think about replace their slumping pitchers with triple AAA pitchers,!!

the ONLY problem could be A= if hamels refuse to sign a long term deal with the halos, B= angels get hamels then the angels lost hamels in the free agency, C= angels get any of those 3 pitchers, as its liriano, hamels, greinke, then lost any of this pitchers in the free agency, all this bad predictions could and would leave the halos in a deep limbo, why?? because the halos would ended without a starter and without any of those players that the angels trade for either of those pitchers!!!

July 19, 2012  11:49 AM ET
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The Dodgers might be a good fit.

the dodgers should have advantage in the hamels trade deadline,,

July 19, 2012  12:09 PM ET
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The guy needs a change of scenery and an offense to back him up. Even the Minny D is suspect.That said, I cannot imagine a team giving up a lot for Liriano.

how much its not too much?? about morales and two prospects for liriano?? well i think its a bit too much though,,,

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July 19, 2012  01:11 PM ET
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Washington?

Wouldn't be a bad idea, especially if they are going through with the ridiculous Strasburg innings limit.

July 19, 2012  01:31 PM ET
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Actually... the Twins offense hasn't been all that pathetic. Top 10 in several categories.

Several?

R - 15th
H - 9th
2B - 11th
3B - 24th
HR - 23rd
TB - 16th
RBI - 15th
BA - 9th
OBP - 8th
SLG - 20th
OPS - 15th

Meh. I'll upgrade their offense from 'pathetic' to 'below average.' Particularly for an AL team.

Regardless, the fact that over his last 10 games he's 3-4 despite posting the stats that I listed in #3. The fact remains, he'd enjoy a nice bump in offensive support if he were to move to the Angels or Jays.

 
July 19, 2012  01:38 PM ET
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Several?R - 15thH - 9th2B - 11th3B - 24thHR - 23rdTB - 16thRBI - 15thBA - 9thOBP - 8thSLG - 20thOPS - 15thMeh. I'll upgrade their offense from 'pathetic' to 'below average.' Particularly for an AL team. Regardless, the fact that over his last 10 games he's 3-4 despite posting the stats that I listed in #3. The fact remains, he'd enjoy a nice bump in offensive support if he were to move to the Angels or Jays.

Give the guy a break...I mean, he needs to stay positive ya know? He has the woefull twinkies, vikes, wolves, stars - I mean - wild as his local teams

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