Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/5/12

No other Minnesota Twins player is attracting trade rumors the way Francisco Liriano is, and he acknowledged Thursday that his agent, Greg Genske, has relayed news about interested parties.

That, Liriano said, is the extent of his knowledge, and really more than he wants to know.

"I don't follow it," he said before the Twins' 7-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. "I try not to pay attention. My agent told me sometimes that some teams are asking about me, but I try not to think about it. I just try to get better every day, just try to pitch better, and whatever happens, happens."

An All-Star as a rookie in 2006, Liriano threw a no-hitter last May against the While Sox in Chicago. He's playing on a one-year contract paying him $5.5 million, and he can become a free agent for the first time in his major league career this winter. Among teams sending scouts to the Twins' last homestand, during which Liriano started against the Kansas City Royals, were the Atlanta Braves, the Toronto Blue Jays and the the New York Yankees.

Though he has been erratic throughout, he's only 28 and has an electric slider and above-average changeup. That repertoire should make him one of baseball's top offseason targets -- especially if he keeps pitching the way he has since returning from a demotion to the bullpen in late May.

Liriano was 0-5 with a 9.45 ERA when the Twins sent him to the 'pen; since returning, he's 2-2 with a 2.95 ERA, recording 46 strikeouts in seven starts.

"I feel strong, I feel pretty good," he said. "Nothing's bothering me. My arm feels great."

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