Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Opposing scouts continue to study Liriano, Span ahead of trade deadline

Posted by: Phil Miller under MLB, Twins rumors Updated: July 20, 2012 - 11:44 AM

Eleven days from the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, Francisco Liriano and Denard Span remain the Twins most likely trade candidates. Josh Willingham is on that list, too, but he’s under contract through 2014 at $7 million per, and as soon as the Twins moved him, they’d be hunting for another righthanded power hitter.

As for Justin Morneau -- even with the recent injuries to Joey Votto, Jose Bautista and David Ortiz -- I just don't see it. Here's a piece about Morneau's trade value from earlier this month.

If the Twins traded Span, they could move Ben Revere to center and promote Chris Parmelee from Class AAA Rochester to play right field. Aaron Hicks, their 2008 first-round draft pick, is another center fielder who looks like he’s turned a corner at Class AA New Britain.

The Twins had deep discussions with the Nationals about Span last July but wound up keeping him. The leadoff man is batting .282 with a .348 on-base percentage and nine stolen bases. From the No. 2 spot, Revere is batting .313 with a .342 OBP and 20 stolen bases.

The Reds, Nationals and Orioles are all teams looking for a leadoff hitter who gets on base. The Yankees could look to Span to play left field, with Brett Gardner likely done for the season.

Span, 28, is playoff tested and making just $3 million this year. He’ll make $4.75 million next year, $6.5 million in 2014 and has a $9 million option for 2015 with a $500,000 buyout.

Liriano, 28, is a pending free agent, making $5.5 million. His next start is scheduled for Monday in Chicago.

Scouting the scouts

Vern Followell, the Twins pro scouting coordinator, was at Fenway Park this week for Red Sox/White Sox.

Teams with scouts at Target Field on Wednesday for Liriano's outing included: the Angels, Yankees, Red Sox and Pirates. The Mets and Reds had scouts here this week and were probably there Wednesday, too. (The Marlins and Padres were also here, but I don’t think they’re looking for the same things. There have been Blue Jays scouts crawling around all season, but they are everywhere.)

For what it’s worth, I was told that scouts for the Angels and Yankees both got up and left Wednesday’s game after Liriano exited after six innings and 10 strikeouts. So let your imaginations run wild.

Braves scout Jim Fregosi was here for two Liriano starts on the previous homestand, but at the time, there were indications Atlanta didn’t view Liriano as enough of an upgrade. It’s possible that has changed. As Ken Rosenthal notes today on FoxSports.com, the starting pitching market appears to be shifting, with the possibility of Cole Hamels and Zack Greinke getting moved shrinking. The Twins could benefit from this.

Liriano's future uncertain

Here’s what we know: Liriano went 0-5 with a 9.45 ERA in his first six starts and got demoted to the bullpen. Since returning to the rotation on May 30, the lefty is 3-4 with a 2.84 ERA in 10 starts, a stretch that includes 77 K, 28 BB in 63.1 IP. Liriano has 25 strikeouts in his past two starts, but gave up a big home run in each, and lost 4-3 to the A’s and 2-1 to the O’s.

It’s possible the Twins won’t get an offer they like and will keep Liriano, offering him a one-year, $12.5 million deal in hopes of getting a compensation pick if he leaves. We've been told he's looking for a three-year deal and that the team has yet to approach him about a contract extension.

Asked Thursday if Liriano's trade value is going up, Twins GM Terry Ryan said, “You know I’m not going to get into that. It’s all in the eye of the beholder, don’t you think? There are certain people that are going to like [Liriano], certain people that aren’t going to like [him], and certain people that will be right in the middle. So, you don’t need me to respond to that. You’ve already got your answer. You’re watching the same thing I am."

Programming note: La Velle has our coverage from Kansas City, so check his blog later for tonight's starting lineups.

7:10 PM ET123456789RHE
ClevelandT. House (3-3)000
MinnesotaT. May (3-4)000
@theBallpark
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box

ADVERTISEMENT

Los Angeles - LP: B. Wilson 7 FINAL
Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Grimm 8
Detroit - WP: M. Scherzer 3 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: J. Shields 2
Philadelphia 0 Top 5th Inning
Oakland 0
Toronto 1 Bottom 4th Inning
NY Yankees 2
Arizona 0 Bottom 4th Inning
Colorado 4
Boston - R. De La Rosa 6:05 PM
Baltimore - C. Tillman
Milwaukee - M. Garza 6:05 PM
Pittsburgh - E. Volquez
Washington - J. Zimmermann 6:10 PM
Miami - J. Cosart
NY Mets - J. Niese 6:10 PM
Atlanta - M. Minor
Chicago WSox - H. Noesi 6:10 PM
Tampa Bay - C. Archer
Cleveland - T. House 6:10 PM
Minnesota - T. May
Seattle - C. Young 6:10 PM
Houston - D. Keuchel
Cincinnati - M. Leake 6:15 PM
St. Louis - M. Wacha
San Francisco - Y. Petit 7:40 PM
San Diego - A. Cashner
Texas - C. Lewis 8:05 PM
LA Angels - J. Weaver
San Diego 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Buffalo
Dallas 9/21/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Washington 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Houston 9/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Minnesota 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Tennessee 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Baltimore 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Green Bay 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Indianapolis 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Oakland 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New England
San Francisco 9/21/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Denver 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Kansas City 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Miami
Pittsburgh 9/21/14 7:30 PM
Carolina
Chicago 9/22/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 9/25/14 7:25 PM
Washington
Connecticut 14 FINAL
So Florida 17
Old Dominion 45 FINAL
Rice 42
Troy 0 FINAL
(13) Georgia 66
Georgia Tech 27 FINAL
Virginia Tech 24
Eastern Mich 14 FINAL
(11) Michigan State 73
Iowa 24 FINAL
Pittsburgh 20
Bowling Green 17 FINAL
(19) Wisconsin 68
Maryland 34 FINAL
Syracuse 20
Tulane 13 FINAL
Duke 47
Hawaii 12 4th Qtr 1:08
Colorado 21
Marshall 41 4th Qtr 4:15
Akron 10
Army 21 3rd Qtr
Wake Forest 14
Virginia 16 3rd Qtr
(21) BYU 13
(6) Texas A&M 38 3rd Qtr
SMU 3
Rutgers 24 3rd Qtr
Navy 14
Central Mich 3 3rd Qtr
Kansas 7
Utah 13 3rd Qtr
Michigan 10
North Carolina 20 2nd Qtr 1:48
East Carolina 28
Florida 14 2nd Qtr 1:23
(3) Alabama 21
Louisville 7 2nd Qtr 13:31
FIU 0
Texas State 14 Delayed 13:35
Illinois 6
Fla Atlantic 6 3rd Qtr
Wyoming 10
San Jose St 7 3rd Qtr
Minnesota 17
Indiana 14 2nd Qtr 2:50
(18) Missouri 14
Massachusetts 0 2nd Qtr 1:53
Penn State 27
Georgia State 5:00 PM
Washington
Appalachian St 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Miss State 6:00 PM
(8) LSU
Northern Ill 6:00 PM
Arkansas
Middle Tennessee 6:00 PM
Memphis
Utah State 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Miami-Ohio 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Idaho 6:00 PM
Ohio U
Ball State 6:00 PM
Toledo
(14) So Carolina 6:30 PM
Vanderbilt
(4) Oklahoma 6:30 PM
West Virginia
Ga Southern 6:30 PM
South Alabama
UNLV 7:00 PM
Houston
(22) Clemson 7:00 PM
(1) Florida State
Miami-Florida 7:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
New Mexico 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 9:00 PM
Arizona
Louisiana 9:30 PM
Boise State
(2) Oregon 9:30 PM
Washington St
San Diego St 9:30 PM
Oregon State
Texas Tech 9/25/14 6:30 PM
(25) Oklahoma State
Appalachian St 9/25/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
(12) UCLA 9/25/14 9:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Middle Tennessee 9/26/14 7:00 PM
Old Dominion
Fresno State 9/26/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
(1) Florida State 9/27/14 2:00 AM
NC State
Duke 9/27/14 2:00 AM
Miami-Florida
North Carolina 9/27/14 2:00 AM
(22) Clemson
Texas-El Paso 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(20) Kansas State
Tennessee 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(13) Georgia
Vanderbilt 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Kentucky
Wyoming 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(11) Michigan State
Northwestern 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
TCU 9/27/14 11:00 AM
SMU
Iowa 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
Tulane 9/27/14 11:00 AM
Rutgers
So Florida 9/27/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Colorado State 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Boston College
Western Mich 9/27/14 11:30 AM
Virginia Tech
Maryland 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Indiana
Akron 9/27/14 12:30 PM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/27/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
Arkansas 9/27/14 2:30 PM
(6) Texas A&M
Kent State 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Virginia
Western Ky 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Minnesota 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Wake Forest 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Louisville
FIU 9/27/14 2:30 PM
UAB
Miami-Ohio 9/27/14 2:30 PM
Buffalo
Colorado 9/27/14 3:00 PM
California
Louisiana Tech 9/27/14 3:00 PM
(5) Auburn
Texas 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Kansas
Temple 9/27/14 3:00 PM
Connecticut
(16) Stanford 9/27/14 3:15 PM
Washington
TX-San Antonio 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Fla Atlantic
South Alabama 9/27/14 4:00 PM
Idaho
Cincinnati 9/27/14 5:00 PM
(23) Ohio State
Rice 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
(18) Missouri 9/27/14 6:00 PM
(14) So Carolina
Boise State 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Air Force
Central Mich 9/27/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
Troy 9/27/14 6:00 PM
ULM
New Mexico St 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(8) LSU
Memphis 9/27/14 6:30 PM
(10) Ole Miss
Texas State 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Washington St 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Utah
(9) Notre Dame 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Syracuse
(7) Baylor 9/27/14 7:00 PM
Iowa State
UNLV 9/27/14 7:00 PM
San Diego St
Illinois 9/27/14 8:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
Oregon State 9/27/14 9:30 PM
(17) USC
Nevada 9/27/14 9:30 PM
San Jose St
Vancouver FC 4:00 PM
Portland
Houston 6:00 PM
Philadelphia
New England 6:30 PM
Columbus
San Jose 6:30 PM
Montreal
Seattle 6:30 PM
Red Bull New York
D.C. 7:30 PM
Chicago
FC Dallas 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Toronto 40 FINAL
Brt Columbia 23
Edmonton 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Calgary 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 9/21/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Montreal 9/26/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 9/26/14 9:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/27/14 5:30 PM
Winnipeg
Brt Columbia 9/27/14 8:30 PM
Calgary
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How sure are you that the Twins are on the road to improving?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT