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Francisco Liriano | Starting Pitcher | #38

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 10/26/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 218
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / UDFA / SF
Contract: view contract details

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Tigers' manager Ron Gardenhire announced Sunday that Francisco Liriano had secured a spot in the club's Opening Day rotation.
Liriano has been impressive in Grapefruit League play, and given the poor competition around him, this didn't come as a surprise. He makes for an interesting flier in the final rounds of fantasy drafts. Mar 11 - 4:47 PM

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Francisco Liriano worked three scoreless innings Sunday in a Grapefruit League start against the Braves.

Liriano yielded two hits and two walks but also struck out four of the 12 batters he faced. The veteran left-hander suffered a left hamstring injury early on in Tigers camp, but he's caught up now and has a pretty good shot of claiming the final spot in Detroit's starting rotation.
Mar 11 - 2:32 PM

Making his spring debut, Francisco Liriano pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three Tuesday against the Yankees.

Liriano was slowed by a hamstring injury after signing with the Tigers two weeks ago. He's competing for a rotation spot this spring. It sounds like the fifth spot might come down to he and Daniel Norris, though we'd like to see both in the rotation over some of the guys already penciled in.
Mar 6 - 5:05 PM

Francisco Liriano (hamstring) will make his Grapefruit League debut Tuesday.

Liriano is a little behind schedule after tweaking his hamstring during a fielding drill last week, but he's got time to prepare for Opening Day. The veteran left-hander is competing with Daniel Norris for the final spot in the Tigers' rotation.
Mar 5 - 4:22 PM

Francisco Liriano (hamstring) threw a bullpen session Friday.

Liriano tweaked his left hamstring during a defensive drill early in the week, but he's going to be fine. The left-hander should be ready for Grapefruit League action by next week.
Mar 2 - 4:31 PM

Francisco Liriano will be sidelined for at least the next 4-5 days in Tigers camp after injuring his left hamstring during a defensive drill.

The hamstring injury could delay his Grapefruit League debut until mid-March, and given that he's competing for a spot in the Tigers' rotation, it might affect his availability for the opening of the regular season. Liriano signed a one-year, $4 million free agent contract with Detroit last week.
Feb 27 - 5:08 PM

Tigers signed LHP Francisco Liriano to a one-year, $4 million contract.

The deal, which was first reported by Robert Murray of FanRag Sports, also contains a possible $1 million more in incentives. Liriano has posted an unsightly 5.05 ERA over the last two seasons and is now 34, but his velocity was fine in 2017 and the Tigers are risking little here on a modest one-year deal. He'll compete for a spot in the rotation.
Feb 23 - 4:13 PM

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Tigers have signed Francisco Liriano to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Murray says Liriano can earn $1 million more in incentives and will compete for a spot in the Tigers' rotation. The left-hander held a 5.66 ERA for the Blue Jays and Astros last season in what was his second straight disappointing year. Liriano is now 34 and could be used in relief if he's unable to crack the rotation.
Feb 23 - 1:50 PM

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the market for Francisco Liriano "is beginning to heat up."

It's unclear which teams might be in on Liriano, although it was reported earlier this offseason that the Astros were interested in bringing him back. The left-hander posted an ugly 5.66 ERA for the Blue Jays and Astros last season and he turned 34 during last year's World Series.
Feb 23 - 1:23 PM

According to Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros have discussed re-signing Francisco Liriano.

Liriano didn't pitch all that well down the stretch with the Astros in 2017 and they had to give up a good prospect in Teoscar Hernandez to land him from the Blue Jays, but Houston is on the hunt for left-handed relief help and the 34-year-old southpaw should come fairly cheap. He has held left-handed batters to a .222/.297/.306 batting line over the course of his 12-year major league career.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 10:51:00 AM

Astros acquired LHP Francisco Liriano and cash considerations from the Blue Jays for OFs Nori Aoki and Teoscar Hernandez.

The move is now official. Liriano has struggled with a 5.88 ERA over 18 starts this season, but the Astros are planning to use him as a reliever down the stretch. It's worth a shot, as the veteran southpaw has held left-handed batters to a .230/.254/.361 batting line this season.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 05:06:00 PM

Shi Davidi of reports that the Astros have acquired left-hander Francisco Liriano from the Blue Jays, pending a physical.

Davidi hears that an outfielder will likely be coming back to the Astros. Brian McTaggart of hears that Nori Aoki and a minor leaguer are involved. Liriano has struggled with a 5.88 ERA over 18 starts this season, but the Astros are hoping he'll have better luck in relief. The southpaw has held left-handed batters to a .615 OPS this season.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 01:26:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Astros are talking to the Blue Jays about Francisco Liriano.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today adds that the two sides are on the verge of pulling off a deal. Liriano has had a pretty terrible year, posting a 5.88 ERA over 18 starts, but Shi Davidi of reports that interested teams have been looking at him more as a reliever than a starter. If the Astros were to acquire him, he would be used in relief. The Astros are surely aiming much higher in other trade conversations, as well.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 01:11:00 PM

Francisco Liriano scattered five hits and three runs over six innings Saturday in a no-decision against the Angels.

He walked one and struck out four while throwing 52 of his 87 pitches for strikes. Liriano blanked the Halos through five but ran out of gas in the sixth inning. Four of the five hits he allowed came in the sixth including a game-tying two-run single by Andrelton Simmons. Saturday was Liriano’s first quality start since July 6. It may also be his last start in a Toronto uniform with trade rumors running rampant. The Astros, Cubs, Dodgers, Royals and Twins are just a sampling of the several teams he’s been linked to.
Sat, Jul 29, 2017 05:43:00 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Cubs have "at least considered" making a run at Francisco Liriano.

Liriano's trade market is heating up. The Cubs are known to be targeting Yu Darvish and Justin Verlander but Liriano could be their fallback option if those plans fall through. Aside from the Cubs, Liriano has also drawn interest from the Astros, Dodgers, Royals and Twins. Of the teams just mentioned, Kansas City has pursued Liriano the most aggressively.
Thu, Jul 27, 2017 08:59:00 PM

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1B1Miguel Cabrera
2Chad Huffman
2B1Dixon Machado
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3Ronny Rodriguez
4Alexi Amarista
SS1Jose Iglesias
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3B1Jeimer Candelario
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CF1Leonys Martin
2JaCoby Jones
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RF1Nicholas Castellanos
2Jim Adduci
DH1Victor Martinez
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Starting Pitcher
S1Michael Fulmer
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Mike Fiers
4Matt Boyd
5Daniel Norris
6Francisco Liriano
7Buck Farmer
8Chad Bell
Relief Pitcher
R1Shane Greene
2Alex Wilson
3Blaine Hardy
4Warwick Saupold
5Daniel Stumpf
6Drew VerHagen
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