Toronto Blue Jays: Potential Trade Targets Following the Draft

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Francisco Liriano, Pittsburgh Pirates

Skinny on Liriano: Hindered by inconsistent outings, Liriano shows flashes of brilliance, but also shows moments where he struggles to command the strike zone. In 13 starts this year, Liriano has a 1-6 record with a 4.54 ERA. Not the most glamorous stat line by any means.

Even though the run support has been suspect at times when Liriano takes to the mound (Pittsburgh averages 3.2 runs a game when Liriano pitches and he boasts 6 no decisions), his inconsistencies are glaring. Liriano has only thrown 6 innings or more once in his last 7 starts and his walks per 9 innings is a volatile 4.67. But then you see his strikeout per 9 innings rate of 9.48, to go along with his contact rate of 67.3% and you have no idea what to make of this polarizing pitcher.

When Liriano is good, he’s great. But questions about durability, command and consistency are hard to overlook. Add in the fact that the Red Sox, Yankees and Orioles all boast an OPS over .700 against LHP and you start to wonder about whether Liriano would be a fit for the Jays. Yes, the Dominican connection with the Blue Jays would be there, but can that really help fix the command issues Liriano is currently facing?

Chances of the trade?: 25% – If the asking price is right, I could see the Jays kicking the tires on Liriano since he is an upcoming free agent.