Fantasy Addict wrote:No one knows how to tread regarding this guy. I will help.
I said before: Trade this guy after his first great outing in spring training. I also said to not draft him on '08, and let this headache be drafted by someone else. I am an expert on Liriano because I drafted him in '06 and reaped the bennefits. Then drafted him in '08 and am now reaping the pain. Did I spell reaping correctly? Oh well....
If he is still on your team today my advice is this:
Don't have him in your starting lineup. There is a lot of media hype regarding this guy. The next time he is in a positive lime light is when you offer him up to the struggling team in your league who lacks pitching. He will be desperate and will give you his third from the bottom of his total lineup (hitters included) for him. This will be better than dropping him for some one on your league's free agent list. If you are that team who is last in your league right now and is weak in pitching, then hold onto him, but dont start him until you see a positive trend that includes 3 strong pitching outings.
No Offence.......but that's terrible advice.
1st off, anyone who drafted this guy to come in and be effective right away, didn't enter into their Liriano "purchase" under the proper mindset. Anyone thinking he was just going to revert to 06' form right away, and blow the doors down right out of the gate, deserve what they are getting from him.
Those that drafted him, with the thought that it could take a good couple of months for him to get straightened out.....even until after the all-star break.........and had him benched accordingly aren't sweating this.
He's an investment, just like those that drafted a Colby Rasmus or a Jay Bruce..........you're giving up a roster spot, with the hopes that you get a solid and very worthwile return down the road.
Liriano's value will come in the second half of this year..........and those that hang onto him, will be glad they did. He'll put up strong sub 4 ERA, sub 1.30 Whip, 9+K/9.....while recording a good half dozen or more wins. Positioning himself to be a worthwhile keeper, for those that took a flyer on him this year.