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Player Profile #191: Francisco Liriano | SP | PIT

There’s very little mystery to Francisco Liriano. He’s an overpowering lefty with a low-to-mid 90s fastball who throws a devastating slider and changeup. In fact, the only mystery might be whether he’s slowed by injury, which is often the case. Take a look at his last four seasons: 2014: Oblique strain 2013: Fractured right forearm 2012: None 2011: Left shoulder inflammation...
Via Baseball Professor
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Frankie Goes to Pittsburgh – Part II

The Pirates made it clear they intended on keeping Francisco Liriano when they extended him a qualifying offer. Today they got their man. The Pirates and Liriano agreed to a new 3 year contract worth $39 million dollars. This was a rare spending splurge for the Pirates. Never before had the franchise spent so much on a free agent. It is a positive sign that the Pirates were willing...
Via Hidden Vigorish
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Will Address the Bullpen After Francisco Liriano Deal is Finalized

After the news today that the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to a three-year deal with Francisco Liriano, there were rumors saying that they could start focusing on Edinson Volquez, and that they would turn to the bullpen. Rob Biertempfel had two tweets tonight, saying that they aren’t likely to seek another starting pitcher, and will focus on the bullpen. He also had an interesting...
Via Pirates Prospects
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates re-sign Francisco Liriano to three-year/$39 million deal

I’ve been grading for like six hours now and my brain feels like chewed bubblegum, so I’m going to save the analysis for after dinner, but the Pirates re-signed Francisco Liriano to a three-year deal with $39 million this afternoon (first report here, MLB Trade Rumors round-up here). Such is the eternal state of the Pittsburgh Pirates that I can tell you that a 3-year/$39 million...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano re-ups with Pirates for three years

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost catcher Russell Martin earlier this winter to the Blue Jays, but they won’t be losing starting pitcher Francisco Liriano. The club has agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal with Liriano that will keep him in the black and gold. Source: Francisco Liriano to the #Pirates on a three-year, $39 million deal. — Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayMLB) December...
Via The Outside Corner
9 days ago  |  Discuss

With Liriano Signed, Attention Now Turned to Edinson Volquez

Just after the Pittsburgh Pirates came to an agreement with Francisco Liriano for three years, Jon Heyman is reporting that they are now turning their attention to re-signing Edinson Volquez. The Pirates already signed A.J. Burnett earlier this off-season, so they seem serious about solidifying their five-man rotation, which also includes Gerrit Cole and eventually Charlie Morton...
Via Pirates Prospects
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Pirates re-sign Francisco Liriano to 3-year deal

In a winter of runaway inflation, the Pirates have reportedly re-signed Francisco Liriano to a deal that looks downright reasonable. Liriano in agreement with #Pirates on three-year, $39M deal. Pending physical. First reported: @RobertMurrayMLB — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 9, 2014 3/$39M is exactly the contract I guessed a month ago, and just $1 million […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumored to Be Interested in Francisco Liriano For Just Three Years

Yesterday, Buster Olney wrote that the tipping point for the Francisco Liriano bidding could come down to three or four years. Liriano might have difficulty finding a team to give him four years, due to his lack of consistency, and the fact that he has never pitched 200 innings. He hasn’t pitched more than 162 innings in each of his last five years, and has only topped that total...
Via Pirates Prospects
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates’ top priority is re-signing Francisco Liriano

The Pittsburgh Pirates’ top offseason priority right now is re-signing free agent pitcher Francisco Liriano according to a report by Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. The Pirates have told agents of other free agent starting pitchers that they are focused on signing the 31-year-old veteran, and will only look at other alternatives if they are unable to sign him. Liriano declined...
Via Baseball Essential
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Reportedly Making Francisco Liriano a Priority

According to Chris Cotillo, the Pittsburgh Pirates are making Francisco Liriano their top priority on the free agent market. Predictions of the free agent market say that Liriano is likely in line for a three-year deal worth between $36-40 M after turning down the Pirates $15.3 M qualifying offer. Cotillo added that Liriano has been linked to both the Red Sox and Royals, but there...
Via Pirates Prospects
17 days ago  |  Discuss

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