I could see it happening in a few months depending how things go. If the Yanks' young pitchers aren't ready, if it looks like Petite isn't coming back, if a guy like Gibson is ready for Minnesota, if Minnesota's rotation holds up, particularly Slowey,Duensing and Baker etc. Baker is the big wildcard. He has great stuff and could be healthy and focused enogh to put it all together. So Minny may have 5 or 6 other pitchers that can hold rotation spots. Combined with Liriano's impending FA and his injury history, his dependency on that arm taxing slider and generally being a SP, it may not make sense for him to be a guy that Minnesota expends a large amount of payroll on. They only have so much to work with and they have Mauer making huge money and Morneau and Cuddyer's contracts both coming up soon. At least one will get extended if not both IMO. There was an article today about how Cuddyer has no desire to leave Minnesota, as he is their longest tenured player. OTOH, Liriano is their most talented pitcher and it woudl hurt a little to lose him. However, if you get either Betances or Banuelos plus Joba and maybe one more prospect, ideally some sort of lefty SP, it'd probably be a shrewd move to make. Liriano is a risky guy for a middling payroll team to pay, period.