MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 13: Francisco Liriano #47 of the Minnesota Twins receives a standing ovation after leaving the field following the top of the eighth inning against the Oakland Athletics on July 13, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Athletics defeated the Twins 6-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
For the last week we've heard over and over that the Angels have interest in Francisco Liriano. But they're not the only ones, even if (along with the Blue Jays) they've come up more often than others. Here's a timeline of how the enigmatic southpaw's name has come up over the last few days.
- July 14: Jon Paul Morosi tweets that Angels have interest in Liriano.
- July 15: ESPN 1500 reports on a number of teams who have "attended" recent Liriano starts. It's a very thin line between "attended" and "scouted". You have to believe it was for the latter, but unless you know for sure you have to call it the former.
- July 16: Morosi again, this time in a column. He doesn't expound much, other than again saying that Toronto and the Angels are "showing interest".
- July 16: Following Liriano's 15-strikeout game, Jon Heyman says Liriano "is drawing decent attention on the trade market now". I really love all these vague turns of phrase. He lists a number of teams as having interest.
- July 17: Ken Rosenthal says Liriano could be among the Nationals' "potential targets".
- July 18: Phil Mackey highlights the Angels and Blue Jays, and with those two teams popping up again it would be easy to read into the situation as though they were the leading and most interested buyers.
- July 19: At CBS Sports, Scott Miller acknowledges that Liriano is the best trade chip the Twins may have (he must believe Willingham is staying put).
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