Francisco Liriano is pitching in his first major league game in 19 months today, and Twins fans have to be excited by that prospect.
However, as pointed out by Joe Christensen of The Star-Tribune, had the Twins waited longer to promote Liriano from the AAA Rochester Red Wings (where his service time clock was on hold), the lefty wouldn't reach the three-year arbitration benchmark until after the 2009 season.
As it stands now, with two years and 32 days of service, Liriano will see his salary move beyond the $1MM mark at the end of this season.
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