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First Pitch: Thoughts on Liriano, Hanrahan, the Rotation, and the Payroll

First Pitch: Thoughts on Liriano, Hanrahan, the Rotation, and the Payroll

Some quick hits tonight in the aftermath of the Francisco Liriano deal. I was on the road most of the day today, and had a lot of time to think about the fallout from this deal.

**I mentioned earlier that I felt the Francisco Liriano deal was a good risk for the Pirates to take. I was on TribLIVE Radio this afternoon further discussing the deal.  Liriano is a great gamble for the Pirates to take. He's definitely got some concerns with his high walk rate the last two years and his high ERAs. However, his advanced metrics are usually much better than his ERA, he strikes out a batter per inning, and he's a lefty with an above average ground ball rate. Those last bits will give him an advantage pitching half of his games in PNC Park. He's only 29, so he shouldn't be on any sort of decline during his two years with the team. The main issue will be fixing his control.

I noticed a few people drawing similarities to A.J. Burnett. I think the situations are similar if you look at them as ...

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