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UPDATE: Francisco Liriano only guaranteed $1 million in deal with Pirates

Feb 8, 2013, 11:03 PM EDT

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UPDATE: According to Tom Singer of, Liriano will only be guaranteed $1 million. He could make an additional $11.75 million if he reaches certain bonuses and has his option vest for 2014. That was quite a costly fall.

10:48 PM: The Pirates just officially announced the deal. Liriano will get a one-year contract with a vesting option for 2014, so it appears he will have to prove his health this season in order to receive the money he was originally in line to get prior to breaking his arm.

2:48 PM: Francisco Liriano agreed to a two-year, $12.75 million deal with the Pirates back mid-December, but the signing was put on hold and potentially put in jeopardy when Liriano broke his non-throwing arm in a bathroom fall.

There was talk of the Pirates re-working some of the language in the contract and even some speculation that they might back out of the deal completely, but Ken Rosenthal of reports that the two sides have finalized things six weeks later.

Liriano has had an ERA above 5.00 in back-to-back seasons and infuriated the Twins and White Sox with his inability to throw strikes, but he’s also still just 29 years old with good fastball velocity, a devastating slider, and 480 strikeouts in 483 innings since 2010.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:42 PM

    So what’s the new deal? or did it take 6 weeks to agree to the exact same thing? Wouldn’t suprise me its the pirates, I remember them from the 70s and 80s…seems like a simpler time then.

  2. modellforprez - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Well in that case see if you can remember 1960. See because even though that was the last winning season or so it seems we PBC fans have enjoyed it might well have been the last

  3. tfbuckfutter - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    So….another way to look at it is that he got paid $1,000,000 for falling off the toilet, with the potential to earn $11,750,000 playing baseball?

  4. Carl Hancock - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    What a strange offseason. This is the first time I’ve seen 2 well known players see much bigger paydays dwindle due to health concerns and teams backing out of original deals and signing them to much shorter deals for a lot less money.

    • lazlosother - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:27 AM

      Yah, good point. It seems that teams are more careful regarding player investment, except for the truly elite – Pujols, Hernandez, Hamilton, etc.

      Looks like we are heading for an even larger gap between the cream and the milk.

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