After missing out on the Zack Greinke sweepstakes, the Chicago White Sox have acquired Francisco Liriano from the Minnesota Twins for 23-year-old shortstop Eduardo Escobar and 23-year-old pitcher Pedro Hernandez. The White Sox announced the news via Twitter. Chicago is in a battle with the Detroit Tigers for first place in the American League Central and are showing the MLB world that they plan on being there in the end. Saturday’s trade comes one week after the White Sox acquired Brett Myers from the Astros on July 21.
Liriano has struggled this year with the Twins with a 3-10 record and 5.31 ERA. Chicago is hoping that a change of scenery will recharge Liriano’s career. Meanwhile, Escobar was liked in the Chicago clubhouse, so he will be missed. The young rookie shortstop is hitting only .195 on the season but shows promise. Pedro Hernandez made his Major League debut on July 18th, throwing only four innings and giving up eight earned runs on 12 hits. The Twins are building for the future.
Sox acquire Liriano for Escobar and Pedro Hernandez
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 29, 2012