The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially announced the three-year contract for Francisco Liriano. The deal was agreed to three days ago and was just waiting on the physical. The 40-man roster is now full. The deal worth $39 M is the largest free agent deal in team history and will keep Liriano around through the 2017 season. The breakdown for yearly salary hasn't been announced yet. We will post an update when it's available....
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