Originally Posted by dMaus14
I have a question about the perception of Drew Stubbs and those who feel he can't lead off:
Why is it that people in Cincinnati don't have faith in Stubbs because he strikes out a lot and can't bunt yet his numbers are comparable with Austin Jackson of the Tigers and they hit him leadoff all year?
Also what about Francisco Liriano as a trade option? He would cost less I would guess because patience in Minnesota is running thin and I think a change of scenery would help.
Okay, joke ahead.
He's due for a good season. Look at his last 4 years in terms of e.r.a.:
Trade for him now!!!! He is gonna do well next season!!!!
Seriously. Several problems, but one is his contract situation. He is arbitration eligible this offseason, and is a free agent in 2013.
Now an argument for obtaining him is that if the Twins are frustrated with him, you might get him cheap. He is coming off a bad/mediocre season, so you might be able to sign him to a less expensive contract too, for say 2 years.
Positives? He's given up less hits than innings pitched each of his last 2 seasons. He turns 28 in a couple of weeks, so he's still relatively young. He is comparable to Volquez in terms of control problems. Liriano tends to walk alot of guys in relation to innings pitched. His WHIP last year was 1.49, and it wasn't because of hits allowed.
How about a swap of Volquez for Liriano? Both teams are frustrated with their pitcher. Trade the problem child straight up for another problem child and see if a change of scenery helps?