ive been reading some on Francisco Liriano. he has been battling for the last rotation spot with Minnesota but ive also seen that the Twins could choose to use him as closer.
Mar 22: While Liriano has been told he's still competing for a spot in the rotation, there are indications the Twins may ultimately move Liriano to closer, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "There's one guy we all know that probably can be a closer," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's got all the closing stuff, punch-out pitches, the whole package. Whether it's the right thing, and whether he wants to do it or not, we'll have to see."
Recommendation: The Twins didn't immediately reveal their plans once Joe Nathan officially said he'd have Tommy John surgery on Sunday. Pitching coach Rick Anderson said they may use a closer by committee. A report from the St. Paul Pioneer Press says the Twins will trade for a closer by Opening Day. And there continues to be speculation Liriano could be moved into the role. Either way, Liriano has looked strong this spring and is the favorite for the fifth starter role, if not the closer job. However, don't count on Liriano getting save chances as Minnesota's decision on a closer looks up in the air at the moment.
he has been great this spring and someone who could be a great sleeper.. if he is starting.
any idea what the Twins do with him?
The last thing I heard from Gardy is he told Liriano he should still concentrate on starting and if anything changes Gardy will tell Liriano before anyone else. Now, this does not guarantee he starts the season in the rotation as he has to "win" a spot. But this statement would not be made to a reporter by Gardy if the team no longer (at that point, which was within the last 2-3 days) if he or anyone in the organization felt Liriano was still being considered to be the closer from day 1 this season. Also, he has been dominant in winter ball and also in all of spring training. So why would you want him to only pitch 70 as a closer when he has to be the odds on favorite for the No. 5 rotation spot where he likely will pitch 170 with that nasty stuff that apparently has returned.
Liriano has maddened me in the past with his injury issue and then his comeback. But, that progression has to be expected when looking at the injury. This is his true bounce back and thrive season. Get him while his stock is sorta low.
BA 5,HR 9.5,R 4,RBI 6,SB 2,ERA 12,H+S 8,K 11,W 7.5,WHIP 11,TOT 76 pt 3rd