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The Pirates continue to negotiate with Francisco Liriano

Feb 2, 2013, 8:59 AM EDT

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The Pirates agreed to a two-year, $12.75 million contract with left-hander Francisco Liriano in December, but the deal has yet to be finalized because he broke his right (non-throwing) arm in a bathroom fall. While FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported late last month that the two sides had agreed to a revised deal, it’s not quite done yet.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said yesterday that the club continues to negotiate with Liriano, but he was non-committal when asked whether a deal will be finalized prior to spring training.

“The process continues,” Huntington said. “We have ongoing conversations. I’m not an oddsmaker, so I don’t know if it is likely or unlikely that we will add another pitcher.”

The reported revised deal stipulated that Liriano would reduce his salary for 2013 if he missed any time on the disabled list due to his broken arm, but it’s clear that there’s still some difference of opinion. In fact, Tom Singer of reported earlier this week that Liriano will likely end up coming to camp on a minor league deal. That’s some costly fall, though it’s possible that the Pirates just want to see him prove his health before they put pen to paper and add him on the 40-man roster.

  1. modellforprez - Feb 2, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Nice story. But ah the Schmuccos are a 73-75 win team with or without Frankie

  2. shawon0meter - Feb 2, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    I’m surprised there’s no other teams in on him for that price tag.

    • tfbuckfutter - Feb 2, 2013 at 10:29 AM


      You’re surprised?

      He has a history of injury problems and now he can’t take a dump without breaking his arm.

      • shawon0meter - Feb 2, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        yes but we’re talking of major league baseball here and he’s a starting pitcher that occasionally shows flashes of being good again. money is thrown around like it’s nothing.

      • tuberippin - Feb 2, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        Ervin Santana is getting $13 million to be equally terrible.

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