Twins trade Liriano to White Sox

MINNEAPOLIS – The Minnesota Twins announced tonight that they have acquired shortstop Eduardo Escobar and left-handed pitcher Pedro Hernandez from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for left-handed pitcher Francisco Liriano. Both players will be added to the Twins 40-man roster and assigned to Triple-A Rochester.

Liriano, who was originally signed by the Giants before the Twins acquired him via trade in 2003, has played his entire Major League career with the Twins.  In 156 games (130 starts) Liriano posted a 50-52 record with a 4.33 ERA (783.1 ip, 377 er) including throwing a no-hitter on May 3, 2011 vs. the White Sox. 

Escobar, 23, entered the season as the White Sox 10th best prospect according to Baseball America and has spent the entire season on the White Sox 25-man roster. He has appeared in 36 games, seeing time at third base, shortstop and second base.  He has gone 18-for-87 (.207) with four doubles, a triple and 14 runs scored.

Hernandez, 23, made his Major League debut with a 4.0-inning start, July 18 at Boston.  The Venezuelan left-hander has split time between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte this season and has gone a combined 8-2, with a 2.94 ERA in 15 appearances (14 starts).  Hernandez was originally signed by the Padres in 2006.  

This is the seventh trade completed by the Twins and White Sox, the last coming, April 30, 1986 when the Twins acquired Juan Agosto and Kurt Walker for Pete Filson.

The Twins will transfer P.J. Walters to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster and will make a corresponding roster move prior to tomorrow’s game with the Cleveland Indians.