The Orioles have inquired about Francisco Liriano, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports. Baltimore is looking to acquire a starting pitcher and their chances at a high-end starter such as Zack Greinke aren’t great, so they’re inquiring on other arms.
Jayson Stark reported yesterday that Liriano is "nearly 100 percent" likely to be traded. The Angels, Red Sox, Yankees, Mets, Blue Jays and Braves are believed to have some interest in Liriano, Heyman reported earlier this month. The 28-year-old left-hander has a 5.31 ERA with 9.8 K/9 and 5.0 BB/9 in 100 innings this year. He earns $5.5MM and is eligible for free agency after the season.
The Orioles have also shown interest in Bartolo Colon, as Ken Rosenthal reported last week. The A’s will likely keep Colon, since he may be worth more on their roster than in a trade, Heyman reports.
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If you are the Orioles, would you pay a little less for Liriano over Greinke or Josh Johnson in hope that he can turn around his season?
I've always liked Liriano, however I am not sure I completely trust him. Nobody can deny the pure talent he has, but can he piece it back together. Depending on what the price would be, I wouldn't be too upset to get him and would prefer it over someone like Vargas or Colon.
What's everyone's thoughts on him?
I'm just lukewarm to the idea, not exactly thrilled.