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First Pitch: Francisco Liriano vs Jonathan Sanchez

First Pitch: Francisco Liriano vs Jonathan Sanchez

When the news came out that the Pittsburgh Pirates were close to an agreement with left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez, my initial reaction was that he was very similar to Francisco Liriano. It started out as a basic comparison. They were both left-handed pitchers coming off down seasons with control issues, high strikeouts, and they were each a few years removed from a great season.

The Liriano signing has been crazy. The Pirates agreed to a deal with him on December 21st. A few days later he broke his right arm. A month later, the two sides agreed to a revised deal. It's been a few weeks since that reported agreement, and the only update we've heard is that there's a hold up over guaranteed money and whether the deal would be a minor league deal.

Because Sanchez and Liriano are so similar, and because there have been so many delays with the Liriano deal, that leads to the speculation that the Pirates are finally moving on from Liriano. I'd avoid that speculation for now. That'...

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