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Francisco Liriano | Starting Pitcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/26/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Pirates re-signed LHP Francisco Liriano to a three-year, $39 million contract.
The deal was reported on Tuesday and is now official after Liriano passed a physical. It's a deal that should work out well for the Pirates as long as Liriano stays health, as the left-hander has posted a 3.20 ERA with 338 strikeouts across 323 1/3 innings over the last two seasons in Pittsburgh. Fri, Dec 12, 2014 02:45:00 PM

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Robert Murray of MLB Daily Rumors reports that free agent starter Francisco Liriano has agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with the Pirates.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has confirmed Murray's report. That's well beyond the typical comfort zone for the cost-conscious Pirates, but they had to buck up to bring back the 31-year-old left-hander, who was said to be drawing interest from a range of teams. Liriano has posted an excellent 3.20 ERA with 338 strikeouts in 323 1/3 innings over the last two seasons for Pittsburgh.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 01:26:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal confirms that the Pirates are working to re-sign free agent Francisco Liriano.

But the parameters of a deal aren't quite in place yet. Liriano is thought to be looking for a three- or four-year contract this winter worth at least $12 million annually. The 31-year-old left-hander registered a 3.20 ERA with 338 strikeouts in 323 1/3 innings the last two seasons for Pittsburgh. He is the Bucs' top priority.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 11:45:00 AM

LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins remain interested in a reunion with free agent left-hander Francisco Liriano.

While the 31-year-old former ace of the Twins staff would certainly provide a major boost to their starting rotation, Neal believes it's unlikely that the Twins would be willing to surrender the draft pick compensation required to sign him. The Pirates have made re-signing Liriano one of their top priorities this winter.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 08:02:00 PM

According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Pirates have told representatives of free agent starters that re-signing Francisco Liriano is their main priority.

It's unclear if the two sides are close to a deal, but it appears that the Pirates hope to re-sign Liriano as opposed to looking elsewhere in free agency. At least right now, anyway. The southpaw is reportedly looking for a three- or four-year contract worth at least $12 million annually. The Red Sox and Royals are among the other teams who are believed to have interest.
Mon, Dec 1, 2014 05:47:00 PM

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Francisco Liriano is looking for a three- or four-year deal worth at least $12 million annually.

It's not an unreasonable asking price. Liriano rejected the Pirates' $15.3 million qualifying offer and is looking for a multi-year contract after posting a 3.20 ERA with 338 strikeouts over 323 1/3 frames the last two seasons in Pittsburgh. Even with draft pick compensation attached to him, the southpaw shouldn't have trouble landing such a deal.
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 10:15:00 AM

Francisco Liriano has rejected a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Pirates.

It was a bit surprising that Liriano received a qualifying offer from the Pirates last week, but he still intends to try his luck on the open market. The 31-year-old southpaw posted a 3.38 ERA and 175/81 K/BB ratio over 162 2/3 innings this season. The Pirates will receive draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 04:59:00 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Francisco Liriano is still contemplating whether or not to accept the Pirates one-year $15.3 million qualifying offer.

Liriano is said to be considering several options and could be facing a difficult market if he decides to turn the deal down. The 31-year-old southpaw has been tremendous in his two seasons with the Pirates, posting a 3.20 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 338/144 K/BB ratio over 323 1/3 innings.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 06:15:00 PM

Pirates extended a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer to LHP Francisco Liriano.

Liriano has a week to decide whether to accept the offer or decline and test free agency. The 31-year-old wasn't as consistent this season as he was in 2013, but he still finished with a fine 3.38 ERA and 175/81 K/BB ratio over 162 2/3 innings. The Pirates probably wouldn't be devastated if he accepted and he could find a tough market if he turns it down. It will be interesting to see his decision.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 04:25:00 PM

Francisco Liriano struggled with his command in a no-decision against the Reds on Saturday, issuing five walks in his five innings of work.

The veteran left-hander was tagged for three runs on five hits before departing. He also struck out five on the afternoon. All of the damage against him came during a three-run uprising in the first inning. Liriano concludes his regular season with a 3.38 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 175/81 K/BB ratio over 162 1/3 innings.
Sat, Sep 27, 2014 05:00:00 PM

Francisco Liriano blanked the Braves for six innings and struck out seven in a victory Monday.

Andrew McCutchen's sixth-inning homer made a winner of Liriano in a 1-0 game. Liriano has won four straight starts, allowing just one run in 26 innings in the process. The potential is there for him to be really dangerous in October.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 10:50:00 PM

Francisco Liriano navigated around control problems, allowing one run over six innings to pick up his sixth win of the season on Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Liriano walked five, the most he'd allowed in a single start since July 13. Otherwise, he scattered three hits and struck out two in the effort. Liriano's scoreless innings streak ended at 20 when he allowed a run to score on a Xander Bogaerts ground out in the fifth inning. The lefty owns a 3.45 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 163/73 K/BB ratio. He'll match-up with the Braves in Atlanta on Monday next.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 10:57:00 PM

Francisco Liriano dominated the Phillies on Thursday, hurling eight shutout innings with 12 strikeouts as the Pirates won handily.

The Phillies had neither Jimmy Rollins (hamstring) nor Chase Utley (rest) in the lineup, but Liriano was clearly on point from the start. He threw 106 pitches, 26 of which were swinging strikes. Overall, the lefty allowed just four hits and a pair of walks. Aside from a hiccup against the Braves on August 19, Liriano has had a strong second half, now sporting a 2.22 ERA over his last 11 starts. He'll match up against the Red Sox at home on Wednesday in his next outing.
Thu, Sep 11, 2014 10:42:00 PM

Francisco Liriano delivered six shutout innings Saturday as the Pirates topped the Cubs 5-0.

Liriano was fantastic against the young and rejuvenated Cubs lineup, yielding only three hits and two walks while striking out nine Chicago batters. It was only his fourth win of the season (he's now 4-10) but the left-hander has a decent 3.74 ERA and has now put together three straight really good outings. Liriano will try to keep it all rolling next week in Philadelphia.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 09:16:00 PM

Francisco Liriano held the Reds to two earned runs over seven innings Sunday in a no-decision.

Liriano's only major blemish was the two-run homer he allowed to Chris Heisey in the top of the fifth inning. He pitched pretty well otherwise, yielding only five total hits while racking up five strikeouts. The left-hander has been good now in two straight outings and will try to keep it rolling next time out at Wrigley Field.
Sun, Aug 31, 2014 04:44:00 PM

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