Posted 14 February 2012 - 04:12 PM
I hope like crazy that he has a tremendous year in his contract year. I recall talking to Bill Smith about a year ago, and asked him what factors go into whether or not they will talk to a player about a long-term contract. One of those factors was the player's maturity and how they think he would handle to security of a long-term deal. I think it's fairly clear at this point that Liriano isn't the most mature person. I hope for him that he can find something to click and regain that 2006 form, or even the 2010 form. At this point, I'm not willing to give him a long-term contract unless it is well below market value. Also, if the Twins are out of contention in July, I hope he's pitching to Ace-like form so that they can get a ton for him at the deadline!