Who knows if this is true but it seems like the Yanks might be kicking the tires on Twins LHP Francisco Liriano.
Liriano signed a one-year, $4.3M deal with the Twins earlier this month to avoid arbitration and has one more arbitration-eligible season left next year. One would presume, then, that the Yankees would be trying to acquire Liriano with an eye towards signing him to a contract extension in advance of his free agency in 2013.
Liriano’s injury history makes him a bit of a risky acquisition but this is the kind of move that could pay off for the Yankees. If healthy, Liriano is one of the best pitchers in the game and would give the Yankees the rotation stability they missed out on when Cliff Lee opted to sign elsewhere.
Without knowing the price Minnesota would demand it’s very hard to guage my own feelings here. As long as it doesn’t cost the team Montero and Banuelos, I’m probably fine with any other combination of players being sent to Minnesota, even if Liriano’s injury history makes this a risky move.