According to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Pirates have agreed to a two-year deal with Francisco Liriano worth $14 million. The south-paw spent last year in Minnesota and Chicago where he posted a combined 6-12 record with a 5.34 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.
Liriano has had an up-and-down career with his best statistical season coming in 2006 where he posted a 12-3 record. Liriano posted a 9.6 SO/9 last season, his highest ratio since 2006. Liriano had a 0.2 WAR with Chicago last year compared to his -0.5 with Minnesota in the first half of the season.
The Pirates will add Liriano to a rotation that currently features A.J. Burnett, James McDonald, Wandy Rodriguez and Jeff Locke/Kyle McPherson until Charlie Morton recovers from Tommy John surgery. This marks the third major move of the offseason for the Pirates along with the signing of Russell Martin (two-years, $17 million) and the re-signing of Jason Grilli (two-years, $6.75 million).
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