Late Saturday night, the Twins traded starting pitcher Francisco Liriano to the rival Whitesox in exchange for infielder Eduardo Escobar and left-handed pitcher Pedro Hernandez. I quickly logged into my Twinkie Town account where I learned that Terry Ryan and the entire front office are a bunch of idiots who had just messed up yet another trade.
It turns out there was a huge market for the perplexing rental Liriano. Let's look at some of the other offers the front office rejected.The Baltimore Orioles offered a package that highlighted young pitchers Jake Arrieta and Dylan Bundy. They also included shortstop J.J. Hardy and a stack of 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken baseball cards.
The St. Louis Cardinals offered their entire Memphis Redbirds roster and the rights to the 402nd pick of the 1999 Major League Draft.
A number of people are suggesting the front office didn't demand enough for Liriano, didn't accept the best package, or didn't trade him at the right time. However, I'm going to give this one a little time before drawing any conclusions.