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Francisco Liriano traded to White Sox

Minnesota Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano during the first

Minnesota Twins pitcher Francisco Liriano during the first inning. (April 17, 2012) Credit: Errol Anderson

The White Sox didn't have to search far to find an upgrade for their rotation. Just a quick look down the division ladder the Minnesota Twins—and enticing lefty Francisco Liriano—sat waiting.

Chicago announced late Saturday that they had acquired Liriano for infielder Eduardo Escobar and left-hander Pedro Hernandez.

The sometimes maddening lefty burst on the scene with a stellar rookie campaign in 2006, going 12-3 with a 2.16 ERA and striking out 144 batters in 121 innings. But injuries cut the season short and he underwent “Tommy John” ligament replacement surgery, missing all of 2007.

While Liriano has shown glimpses of greatness since then—including a no-hitter in 2011 against the White Sox in Chicago—he certainly hasn't been the rookie that looked untouchable. He arrives in Chicago 50-52 with a 4.33 career ERA in seven seasons. He's 3-10 with a 5.31 ERA this year and spent time in the bullpen due to ineffectiveness. Liriano is eligible for free agency after the season.

Escobar has hit .195 in 35 MLB games this season and Hernandez is 8-2 with a 2.94 ERA in 15 games split between Double-A and Triple-A. He's also pitched one game in the majors in 2012.

The White Sox hope Liriano shores up a struggling rotation that's pitched to a 4.14 ERA this season, 25th in the majors.

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