Yesterday on WFAN, Sandy Alderson said free-agent LHP Francisco Liriano is on his list of pitchers who he would consider signing to join the Mets and compete for a spot in the rotation.
According to Alderson, he feels the Mets need a pitcher capable of winning at least 10 to 12 games, who can slot in to the rotation now that R.A. Dickey has been traded the Blue Jays. Jeremy Hefner, Collin McHugh and Jenrry Mejia will all be considered in Spring Training for this position, but he expects to sign a veteran free-agent or two to compete as well.
Liriano was 6-12 in 34 starts last season with a 5.34 ERA for the White Sox and Twins.
The Twins have reportedly been working to re-sign Liriano, but talks have been going ‘backwards,’ according to the Star-Tribune.
Michael Baron, MetsBlog.com:
Liriano is a hard throwing left-handed pitcher who, while he strikes out a lot of batters, walks a lot of batters as well. He is primarily a fastball/slider pitcher who will mix in an occasional change-up. He held left-handed hitters to a .221 average and allowed just one home run against them in 2012 – he’s only allowed six home runs in his career against left-handed pitching. He put together a phenomenal season in 2006, but has battled arm injury and consistency problems since. It’s hard to deny Liriano can be electric, but he can also be equally frustrating because of the walks. In a way, he is kind of like Oliver Perez in that there is so much potential, yet he hasn’t been able harness it and become the top-of-the-rotation pitcher everyone thought he could be.