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First Pitch: Should the Pirates Trade Francisco Liriano?

First Pitch: Should the Pirates Trade Francisco Liriano?

This isn't going to be a popular article. The title is going to lead to a lot of immediate "NO!" responses on Twitter and Facebook, approximately ten seconds after the article goes up. It might lead to people saying I'm crazy for this suggestion. Or, maybe some people will read the article and come away with the same opinions I have. I know some have already brought up the subject in previous comment sections. Either way, this is an idea I've been thinking about since August, and the more I think about it, the more sense it makes.

Trading Francisco Liriano.

NO! That's crazy! Or is it?

Liriano just came off an amazing season. He had a 3.02 ERA in 161 innings. He had a 9.1 K/9 and a 3.5 BB/9 ratio. His advanced metrics supported the ERA, with a 3.12 xFIP. Today he was named the Sporting News NL Comeback Player of the Year. His 2014 option has already vested for $6 M, and he has a very real chance to make up to $2.5 M in additional performance bonuses. Even at $8.5 M, he would be...

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