Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/29/12
GM Terry Ryan pulled the trigger Saturday on the trade everyone saw coming, moving LHP Francisco Liriano to the Chicago White Sox for infielder Eduardo Escobar and LHP Pedro Hernandez. That doesn't mean he's done dealing. Teams have until 3 p.m. CDT Tuesday to trade players without sending them through waivers. Ryan called the run-up "my most important time of the year for this franchise." Teams that feel close to winning a World Series tend to get more generous with prospects, and the Twins could use them -- especially pitchers. Even after sweeping the Cleveland Indians this weekend at Target Field with a 5-1 victory on Sunday, Minnesota sits 15 games under .500 and 12 games behind first-place Chicago the American League Central. "I know it's not easy for the players to hear their names in the rumors that go around in that clubhouse," Ryan said. "A lot of the blogs or the emails and the sites, you pull up those sites, there are rumors about 10 guys in that clubhouse. Some of ...
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