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Yanks Could Have Had Liriano

When I read that Michael Pineda had to leave a rehab start last week because he broke a fingernail, I think to myself what were the Yankees thinking taking him over a top left handed pitcher like Francisco Liriano ?

They could have picked up Liriano as a free agent in the off season for half the price of Kuroda or Suzuki or even Pettitte. Liriano (only 29 years old) signed with the Pirates (who arguably now have a better team than the yanks this year) and has started 5 games - line is

3 Wins, 2 Losses

2.172 ERA and a 1.209 WHIP

29 Innings pitched / 39 Strikeouts and only 9 Walks

Compare this to the Lefty they did select (Andy Pettitte) and dont get me wrong - I love Andy - but his age and price mean I prefer Liriano for this year and the future.

Pettitte over 8 games is

4 Wings and 3 Losses

49 Innings Pitched and 39 StrikeOuts

ERA 3.83 and WHIP of 1.31

Yankees will be desperate for a solid Left Handed pitcher next year. I hope this find one.

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