Francisco Liriano’s 2014 Option Details

  Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has the details on Francisco Liriano’s vesting option. Here are the highlights: **Liriano’s option will vest at $6 M if he is not on the DL for 120 days due to his arm injury. If he doesn’t re-injure his arm, that will give him 142 days on the season, since he came up on May 11th. I don’t see him re-injuring his non pitching arm at this point, so expect him to be under...

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First Pitch: Getting the 2010 Francisco Liriano

I use the “small sample size” disclaimer a lot on this site, so it’s important to note that everything Francisco Liriano has done so far this season comes with that same disclaimer. Having said that, what Francisco Liriano has done so far is cause for some excitement. In five starts, Liriano has a 2.17 ERA in 29 innings, with a 12.1 K/9 and a 2.8 BB/9 ratio. Unlike other starters who are putting up strong numbers in...

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Links: Are the Pirates For Real?

Every year it seems like there’s one surprise team that everyone starts talking about early in the season. The Pirates have been a surprise team in each of the previous two years, but I don’t recall the discussion starting this early (probably because they broke out in June 2011, and had a historically bad offense this time of the year last year). In the last few days there have been a few articles that have gone up...

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Pirates Notebook: Pitchers Working on Historic Run of Run Prevention

One moment in particular struck me about the Pirates’ 5-4 win in Milwaukee on Sunday. If Wandy Rodriguez had been able to retire Norichika Aoki or Jean Segura or Ryan Braun in the 5th inning, the Bucs would have exited Miller Park having given up only five total runs in the three-game series. You can play the “if, and, but” game all day long, certainly, and the Brewers have a very good top of the lineup for a reason....

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First Pitch: Like the Pirates Pitching Staff? Thank Neal Huntington.

Dave Littlefield has not been in the general manager’s office for over five years, but his impact on this Pirates team can still be felt. No, that’s not a bad thing! Sure, he left the Pirates’ minor-league system in shambles despite six straight Top-11 picks, but at least a couple of those prospects worked out. Three productive players in the Pittsburgh lineup were all amateurs picked up by Littlefield: Andrew...

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