Pirates redo deal with Liriano
It appears Francisco Liriano will still become a Pittsburgh Pirates but under different contract terms.
Numerous sources are reporting the Pirates and Liriano have agreed to rework a two-year deal agreed upon in December because Liriano injured his right, non-throwing, arm.
The Pirates and the 29-year-old Liriano originally came to a two-year agreement worth $12.75 million but that changed after Liriano broke his right arm.
FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports the two sides have reworked the original deal. Sources tell Rosenthal Liriano could still make $12.75 million over the life of the updated contract, but the veteran left-hander “will assume more risk under the revised terms.”
MLB.com reported the Pirates have not confirmed the new deal.
Liriano is coming off a 6-12 season that was split between the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox, the team he was traded to July 28. Liriano has a career record of 53-54, including seasons of 12-3 in 2006 and 14-10 in 2010 while with Minnesota, and has a career 4.40 ERA.
If Liriano passes his physical, he will join a starting staff that includes A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez, James McDonald and Jeff Karstens. The Pirates also expect former starter Charlie Morton to return from shoulder surgery by midseason.
Adding Liriano is expected to push the Pirates salary to $80 million this season. The Pirates recently signed first baseman Garrett Jones to a one-year $4.5 million deal and Karstens to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million.
Burnett is expected to start in the opener April 1 against the Chicago Cubs.