LHP Francisco Liriano
Like Cabrera, 14-year veteran Francisco Liriano came aboard on a minor league contract prior to this year. Believed to be competing for a rotation spot at first, the 35-year-old left-hander wound up in a bullpen role, one that he has found relative success in to this point.
In 47 games out of the bullpen, Liriano has logged 49 innings (leads PIT relievers), striking out 46 batters to go along with a 3.12 ERA. A starter for practically his whole career, Liriano has made a smoother transition than some may have anticipated into the bullpen, providing some stability ahead of Vazquez.
The obvious move is to trade Liriano to any contender looking for inexpensive bullpen help, for which there will be many. He won’t garner a great haul, as he’s a pending free agent and 35-year-old reliever, but teams desperate for bullpen arms could end up overpaying.
Potential Destinations: BOS, CHC, MIL, CLE
Verdict: Highly Likely