Francisco Liriano Trade: White Sox Acquire Twins Starting Pitcher

The Chicago White Sox have acquired left-handed SP Francisco Liriano from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for INF Eduardo Escobar and SP Pedro Hernandez, according to their official Twitter account:

Liriano, 28, struggled early in the season, owning a 11.02 ERA and 6.65 FIP through the first month, but after a stint in the bullpen, he has improved significantly. In each of the last three months, he has not had a FIP above 4.35 or an expected FIP above 3.90 xFIP.

Escobar has appeared in 36 games for the White Sox in 2012, playing third base, shortstop, second base and left field. The flexible 23-year-old infielder has a .207/.281/.276 slash through 97 PA.

Hernandez, a 23-year-old rookie left-handed pitcher, made his major league debut on the 15th and pitched 4.0 innings and allowed 8 ER. He has a 3.18 ERA and 2.49 FIP through 17 innings in Triple-A in 2012.

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