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Francisco Liriano Trade Rumors: Teams Interested In Minnesota Twins Pitcher

Teams are reportedly interested in acquiring Minnesota Twins left-handed pitcher Francisco Liriano.

June 25, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (47) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
June 25, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (47) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

With the Minnesota Twins seemingly going nowhere fast, it appears as though starting pitcher Francisco Liriano is a piece that the club may move prior to the deadline to try and improve the team.

Via ESPN 1500:

Since rejoining the starting rotation on May 30, Liriano owns a 2.83 ERA with 67 strikeouts, 25 walks and only two home runs allowed in 57 1/3 innings over nine outings. In less than two months Liriano's value -- both for trade and for his impending free agency -- has increased exponentially.

According to the report, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Toronto Blue Jays have both expressed interest in acquiring Liriano's services. In addition, teams like the Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees and Washington Nationals are also believed to be in play.

Earlier in the year it was believed that the Boston Red Sox were having discussions about trading for the 28-year old left hander but the team is believed to be pursuing other options at this time.

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