The Twins made some sort of offer earlier this winter to free agent left-hander Francisco Liriano.
But it apparently wasn’t a very attractive one.
LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Saturday that negotiations between the Twins’ front office and Liriano’s representatives “have gone backwards.” And it doesn’t sound like there’s a strong desire from either side at the moment to get those discussions headed in a positive direction.
Liriano registered an ugly 5.34 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 167/87 K/BB ratio in 156 2/3 innings this past season between the Twins and White Sox.
And he had a 5.09 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 134 1/3 innings for Minnesota in 2011.
Even in a highly lucrative market for starting pitchers, the 29-year-old southpaw is going to have to settle for a one-year deal with a low base salary. Again, it’s not clear what the Twins might have offered.