Pirates Finalize Agreement With Francisco Liriano

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Pittsburgh Pirates have finalized their two-year deal with Francisco Liriano. Rosenthal has the details below:

I’m guessing that the first year salary would include performance bonuses for either playing time, or days on the active roster. That’s the only way I could see a team being able to work a deal like that.

With the recent addition of Jeff Karstens, the Pirates don’t have a huge need for Liriano on Opening Day. They could go with Karstens and one of Kyle McPherson or Jeff Locke to round out the rotation, then bring Liriano in when he’s healthy. Obviously you want him back as soon as possible, since he’s got the potential for more upside than any one of those pitchers.

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  • La Pirate

    This is good news and coupled with the Karstens signing the Pirate pitching staff has good mix of veterans and youngsters.

  • http://battlingbucs.wordpress.com battlingbucs

    Always like having some rotation depth. So now so far thos offseason we signed Jason Gilli 3 times and Liriano twice. Of the other two noteable free agents we digned one we released (non-tendered) and then resigned. Martin has to feel jipped his signing wasn’t more complicated.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lee.young.161 Lee Young

      Martin may have the yips but he doesn’t feel gypped.
      (sorry…couldn’t resist).

      Seriously, not a fan of signing Liriano. He could make the Bedard signing look good by comparison….and we’re stuck with him for two years.

      Sure hope I am wrong, but…

      • kevin21

        Me too. But I’d rather have a shaky Liriano than another soft Lefty (Saunders). I think it was one or the other.