The Twins may have traded away longtime starter Francisco Liriano last summer, but the two might already be eying a reunion. Buster Olney of ESPN.com says the Twins are talking to the 29-year-old left hander about a one-year deal.
Once one of the most dominant young lefties in the game, Liriano has had some troubles staying healthy in recent years and has seen his performance falter. The disappointing Twins traded him to the Chicago White Sox at last season’s trade deadline, and the White Sox then went on to narrowly miss the playoffs. Overall last season he was 6-12 with a 5.33 ERA in 34 games, 28 of which were starts.
Still, as a lefty under the age of 30 with the ability to still dominate a game, he could be a nice low risk signing for a team.
The Twins will have some competition in the A.L. Central, however, as Olney notes. The Kansas City Royals are on a mission to upgrade their rotation this winter and could try to work something out with Liriano.