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Posted 16 January 2012 - 10:20 AM
Posted 16 January 2012 - 10:35 AM
I would definitely give Liriano a three-year, $18 million extension. Sure, it's possible he'll fail to rebound, but it's not a huge commitment and he's the only guy in the organization with real front-line potential. It's a worthwhile gamble, I think.
In theory, Liriano is a front-line starter. Unfortunately, mechanically he's a mess and that it leaves him susceptible for reoccurring injuries. The early performance in the Dominican has not reassured anyone that he's ready to turn things around either -- much different than his 2010 appearance in winter ball when he was dominating the lesser competition. Of course, he could make the necessary adjustments in the spring and be back to his 2010 form in time for the start of the season but I get the impression that there are many in the organization who do not think that is going to happen.
I know the Twins - nor the players for that matter - do not like to negotiate contracts during the season but that's what I would do if I were the Twins. Even though the financial commitment is not that great, he's got to show some signs of being able to figure it out before you lock him in for three more seasons.