The part about the Pirates being wise probably is in reference to the belief that he was going to accept the deal. However, I think the Pirates were wise either way by making the offer. If Liriano accepts, then it wouldn't have been a bad thing to have him back on a one-year deal, which has little long-term risk. I was never in the camp that thought he would decline, and if that does actually happen, then the Pirates will get a draft pick if he signs elsewhere. When your two options are getting a good pitcher at a rate that he would be worth, or getting a draft pick, then you don't need to be that...
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