Friday, May 10, 2013
WSC Birth Years: Francisco Liriano
Born: October 26, 1983
On July 28, 2012, Liriano was part of a rare trade between the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox. It was the first time the two teams traded with each other since 1986, ending the ChiSox's longest tenure between trades with a single team. The Sox sent Pedro Hernandez and Eduardo Escobar to the Twins in exchange for the southpaw strikeout machine.
The move helped bolster the starting rotation. Francisco started ten games out of eleven appearances in a White Sox uniform, managing three wins and two losses. He gave the Pale Hose four games where he reached one-hundred pitches or more, giving the taxed bullpen a deserved break. Liriano wasn't enough to put the Sox over the top for the division, but he helped keep them in the race until a late September collapse. Francisco singed a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates for the 2013 season.