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The Pirates Spent the Francisco Liriano Savings, So Let’s Review the Trade Again

The Pirates spent the savings from the Francisco Liriano trade, but does that change the way the deal should be viewed? Photo Credit: David Hague
The Pirates Spent the Francisco Liriano Savings, So Let’s Review the Trade Again

I made a decision last week: I'm done discussing the Francisco Liriano trade, unless something new happens that updates the discussion.

This decision probably should have come a lot sooner. Liriano was traded on August 1st, and since then, there has been five months of almost daily conversation about the trade. Actually, conversation isn't the right word. Complaints seems too mild. We'll just say that people have been stewing in anger for months, repeating the same things over and over, even though there was no new information.

Granted, there were some factors that changed after the deal. Liriano had some good results with Toronto, although that was seen as a possibility at the time of the deal. It was also a situation where the Pirates didn't expect Liriano to turn things around wit...

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