STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- With Pirates GM Neal Huntington committed to selling on 2019, it's time to gauge what he can expect to get in return for some intriguing rental pieces. Yesterday we took a look at the club's rental bats. We were scheduled to compare rental pitchers today -- namely, Francisco Liriano and Jordan Lyles -- but the club had to go and ruin our fun by trading Lyles to the Brewers.
So, what we'll do today is focus on Liriano's trade value. As before, we'll dissect what he brings to the table, where he's currently at in terms of profile and performance, and also detail what red flags are present for potential buyers.
THE FILTHY ONE
Francisco Liriano's second stint with the Pirates has been a successful one, by and large. Signed to a minor league deal before spring training, the club got a solid bullpen lefty who occasionally taps back into his "Filthy Frankie" days.
The Baseline: If not spectacular, Liriano's peripherals and core stats have been solid. His 3.06 ERA on the season loses a bit of luster when put up next to his 4.51 FIP. He's striking out 21.7 percent of his batters faced, walking 11.8 percent and leaving runners on base at an 81.6 percent clip.