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Francisco Liriano expected to sign with the Pirates

Dec 21, 2012, 10:29 AM EST

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Francisco Liriano has agreed to a two-year, $14 million contract with the Pirates, according to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Liriano was briefly booted from Minnesota’s rotation in May after posting a 9.45 ERA through six starts and then put together a fantastic two-month stretch upon rejoining the rotation, throwing 66 innings with a 3.68 ERA and 79/29 K/BB ratio before the Twins traded him to the White Sox for a pair of non-prospects in late July.

Liriano was mostly sub par in Chicago, posting a 5.40 ERA in 57 innings, and finished the year with a 5.34 ERA in 157 total frames. However, he racked up 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings and, as always, if someone can get Liriano to throw strikes consistently and trust his raw stuff the 29-year-old left-hander still has plenty of upside.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 21, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    $14 million for 2 years is a steal. What we do not know is whether it is a steal for The Pirates or for Liriano.

  2. hushbrother - Dec 21, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Good move. Liriano was a pitcher on the market everyone seemed to forget about, and he certainly does have upside.

  3. jessethegreat - Dec 21, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Still remember when it looked like this kid had better stuff than Santana in his prime. Thought for sure hed rejoin his buddy in NY

  4. albertmn - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Glad it isn’t the Twins throwing that money away any more. I wish Liriano the best of luck, and maybe the NL will help him turn his game around. But, that is a lot of money for a guy who is a bit of a headcase and hasn’t had consistent results the last few years.

  5. billyboots - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    I feel bad for Pirates fans, but I would have never forgiven Terry Ryan if he had brought back this roller coaster.

  6. uyf1950 - Dec 21, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    That seems like a lot of money for Liriano unless he can turn around the way he’s pitched the last 2 seasons. If not the Pirates may regret this signing for the next 2 years.

  7. Carl Hancock - Dec 21, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Has there ever been a pitcher more maddeningly inconsistent than Liriano? He’s either on and REALLY good or off and REALLY bad. No much in between with this guy.

  8. magicrat13 - Dec 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    probably a little more than i would have wanted to pay based on his inconsistency….but with his talent, it could prove to be a steal….here is hoping it is anyway…

    now want to see the pirates trade hanny for a minor leaguer…hoping for a B level prospect but that might be a bit optimistic…

  9. ad0330 - Dec 21, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    Upside? I don’t know about that anymore. Guy is a head case

  10. 13arod - Dec 21, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    the piretes dont have money and they are spending money they better not end up bankrated

  11. joewilliesshnoz - Dec 21, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    I like it ! Go Bucs !

  12. paperlions - Dec 21, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    Inconsistent? He’s generally been bad. He’s had one good year, and been rather horrible before and after that.

  13. gsr1191 - Dec 21, 2012 at 3:07 PM

    as a Bucco Fan, at least the Pirates are trying and at least hes not a washed up 40 yr old. If they can get him to be consistent it could be a great signing. I know thats a big IF but there is a lot of potential here.

  14. mrfloydpink - Dec 21, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Maybe some day, If he plays well and shows he has something left in the tank, he will make it back to the major leagues.

  15. flyeredup - Dec 21, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    I thought the Pirates were AAA ball?

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