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Updated: July 29th, 2012 2:02pm
Return for Liriano was 'the best baseball trade' Terry Ryan could get

Return for Liriano was 'the best baseball trade' Terry Ryan could get

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The immediate, consensus reaction via social media and comment sections in the hours after Francisco Liriano was traded to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night was that Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan didn't get enough in return.

On the surface, the players the Twins received don't appear to be high-impact guys.

Eduardo Escobar, 23, is a defense-first shortstop who has shown very little offensive competence at any level. Pedro Hernandez, 23, is a soft-tossing lefty with "major-league average" stuff across the board, as Ryan described it Sunday.

When asked how many teams showed interest in Liriano, Ryan said, "There's 20 teams or so still in the playoff picture. ... A lot of them showed interest."

Considering "a lot" of teams showed interest, and taking into account how good Liriano was for two months until his clunker against the White Sox last week, should the Twins have gotten more in return?

"I took the best baseball trade I could get," Ryan said. "I took the best one."

Would it have been beneficial for Ryan to wait until the last minute on Tuesday in hopes of driving up Liriano's asking price?

"I've been through this before," Ryan said. "That doesn't happen very often. Usually (teams) gauge what their value of that player is. (Zack) Greinke went off the board other day. That might have helped some, I don't know. I doubt it.

"But if you keep waiting you might be left without a seat. How long do you want to wait? Plus, if he got hurt I'm out of luck. People have already said that I've waited too long. ...

"The interest in him hasn't waned. Even though he had a tough outing, it really hasn't changed. The same people who were interested yesterday were interested (after) that outing. It hasn't changed."

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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