White Sox acquire Francisco Liriano

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White Sox acquire Francisco Liriano

The White Sox have acquired starter Francisco Liriano from Minnesota for Eduardo Escobar and Pedro Hernandez, the team announced Saturday.

Liriano was in the midst of an up-and-down year with the Twins, compiling a 5.31 ERA in 22 games, 17 of which were starts.

The 28-year-old lefty was demoted to Minnesota's bullpen in mid-May after seeing his ERA balloon to 9.45 in his first seven starts. But since his return to the rotation, he owns a 3.68 ERA over 11 starts, and opponents have hit just .190 off Liriano in those 66 innings.

Liriano no-hit the White Sox last May and has a 4.99 ERA in 70 13 career innings against the Sox. As a rookie in 2006, Liriano posted a 2.16 ERA in 121 innings but underwent Tommy John surgery after the season, causing him to miss the entire 2007 season. He returned in 2008 to moderate success, but scuffled in 2009.

The 2010 season was Liriano's best, as he made a career-high 31 starts with a 3.62 ERA. But Liriano struggled through 2011, with his no-hitter serving as the high point of a year in which his ERA was 5.09.

Escobar started Saturday's game in place of Alexei Ramirez and had two doubles and an RBI in five at-bats. On the season, the 23-year-old infielder is hitting .207.281.276 in 97 plate appearances.

Hernandez, acquired from San Diego in last year's Carlos Quentin trade, was lit up by the Red Sox in his only career start in the majors. In 85 23 minor-league innings this season, the lefty has a 2.94 ERA.

Liriano will hit free agency after the season and is owed a pro-rated portion of his 5.5 million salary in 2012.

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four of the team's top-10 prospects and a former All-Star are among the 19 nonroster invitees to White Sox big league camp this spring.

The team announced Monday that prospects Michael Kopech, Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and Spencer Adams have all been invited to camp next month. Everth Cabrera, an All-Star in 2013 for the San Diego Padres, Cody Asche, Cory Luebke and Geovany Soto are among the eight minor league free agents who also received an invitation. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 14 while the team holds its first full-squad workout on Feb. 18.

Kopech was acquired in the Chris Sale trade in December while Collins and Burdi were both selected in the 2016 amateur draft. Adams was drafted in 2014.

Signed earlier this month, Soto is expected to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. Soto, who played for the White Sox in 2015, finished last season with four home runs and an .809 OPS in 86 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.

Cabrera, who produced 4.6 Wins Above Replacement between 2012-13, hasn't played in the majors since he appeared in 29 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015. Luebke, who has twice had reconstructive elbow surgery, finished with a 9.35 ERA in nine games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Asche blasted 31 homers with a .240/.298/.385 slash line in 1,287 plate appearances since 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Other minor league free agents include: left-handed pitcher David Holmberg, right-handers Blake Smith and Anthony Swarzak, and catcher Roberto Pena.

White Sox minor leaguer pitchers Aaron Bummer, Brian Clark, Jace Fry and Matt Purke, infielders Nicky Delmonico and Danny Hayes, and outfielder Courtney Hawkins also have been invited to camp.

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