La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

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.

Twins-Indians: The post-Liriano edition

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: July 29, 2012 - 1:11 PM

Gotta run down into the clubhouse right now, but here are some thoughts on Francisco Liriano being dealt to the White Sox.

Chicago lowers trade value: There were a bunch of scouts at Liriano's last start in Chicago, Were that many turned off by that bad outing? The last time the Twins and White Sox made a trade was April of 1986! It just doesn't happen....

The fact that the Twins dealt him within the division tells me that there weren't other offers out there that the Twins were interested in. The Twins were determined from the start to get whatever they could for Liriano. Just didn't think it would be the White Sox.

Why two semi-prospects?: Liriano is going to free agency, and that affects what teams are willing to give up because he's a two-month rental. I never thought the Twins were going to get top prospects in return for him. Should the Twins have kept him and offered a one-year deal for around $12 million? The Twins already have about $64 million in contract commitments for next season. My guess is that they want to take the $5.5 million Liriano is making and the $8.5 million Carl Pavano is making and use it for a quality free agent. At least that's what they SHOULD do.

About the prospects: Don't know too much about them. Hernandez throws a lot of strikes, which the Twins like, but is not overpowering. Escobar is supposed to be an excellent glove man with a decent arm. My guess here is that he's a replacement option for Alexi Casilla next season. Escobar was very popular in the White Sox clubhouse and apparently took news of the trade pretty hard.

More deals?: Unlikely. Their asking price for Denard Span will be high. They don't want to trade Willingham or Morneau. All it takes is a phone call to change things but I don't expect another trade, at least involving one of these guys.

Gotta run. Will check back later with updates and lineups


Jeff Manship is being called up from Class AAA Rochester to take Liriano's spot on the roster. Manship is 6-2 with a 2.35 ERA for the Red Wings but has struggled when the Twins have summoned him.

Right now, the White Sox have Jose Quintana, Jake Peavy and Chris Sale lined up to face the Twins this week at Target Field. Stay tuned.

Rigthhander Alex Wimmers tried to pitch recently while with the rookie team but Terry Ryan just said, "it didn't go well." Wimmers is headed for another MRI.

Both righthander Kyle Gibson and second baseman Eddie Rosario have been playing with the rookie GCL team but will be moving on this week, Gibson to Class A Fort Myers and Rosario to Class A Beloit.

Indians (50-51)

1. Shin Soo-Choo, RF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Carlos Santana, DH
4. Jose Lopez, 3B
5. Michael Brantley, CF
6. Shelley Duncan, LF
7. Lou Marson, C
8. Casey Kotchman, 1B
9. Brent Lillebridge, 2B

Pitching: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez

Twins (42-58)

1. Deanard Span, CF
2. Ben Revere, RF
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Justin Morneau, 1B
6. Ryan Doumit, C
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Brian Dozier, SS
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

Pitching: LHP Brian Duensing



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