Posted: 01/08/2013 1:12 PM
In today's P-G:Left-handed free agent Francisco Liriano, who was close to signing a contract with the Pirates, injured his right arm recently, halting the process of making the signing official.
It was not immediately clear how Liriano hurt his arm.
The Pirates will continue to talk to Liriano's agents, but a deal does not appear to be close at hand.
Liriano and the Pirates were close to agreeing to a two-year contract worth slightly less than $13 million in late December, but Liriano had not yet taken a physical.
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williamjpellas wrote: Okay....his RIGHT arm, and not his LEFT, his pitching arm....right?
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BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pirates‘ plans to sign free-agent left-hander Francisco Liriano are on hold after the pitcher injured his right (non-throwing) arm sometime around Christmas.
Citing medical privacy laws, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington declined to reveal the nature or extent of Liriano‘s injury.
“We continue to have dialogue with Francisco‘s (agent), but there is nothing to announce at this time,” Huntington said.
On Dec. 21, the Pirates and Liriano were close to finalizing a two-year, $12.75 million contract. The deal was pending the completion of a physical exam.
Liriano, 29, pitched last year for the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox. He has a fastball that touches 95 mph, but also has put up a plus-5.00 ERA and averaged five walks per nine innings each of the past two seasons.
The Pirates wanted Liriano to fill the No. 3 spot in their starting rotation, behind veterans A.J. Burnett and Wandy Rodriguez.
Posted: 01/08/2013 1:46 PM
katoy2j wrote: I'm guessing this is more of a fact that Liriano was hurt well before the deal was agreed upon and perhaps his delay was simply so he could give himself more time to heal before he has to take a physical. I can't see it being overly serious unless it's some kind of nerve damage. Even a broken hand should be fine by spring training.
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The Pittsburgh Pirates deal with left-handed pitcher Francisco Liriano is in jeopardy. The deal for $12.75 million over two years for the free agent left-hander was reached back on December 21, but hasn't been finalized because Liriano hurt his right arm in December. Full Story | Discuss
Posted: 01/08/2013 5:07 PM
pipersfan wrote:Bucs deal with Liriano on holdThe Pittsburgh Pirates deal with left-handed pitcher Francisco Liriano is in jeopardy. The deal for $12.75 million over two years for the free agent left-hander was reached back on December 21, but hasn't been finalized because Liriano hurt his right arm in December. Full Story | Discuss
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katoy2j wrote: This just seems so weird to me. How bad could the injury be especially to a non throwing hand. Short of chopping off the hand what can possibly not be healed in a couple of months time.
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BAMSTEELERFAN wrote: I will probably have an unpopular opinion, but I don't like Liriano much at that price. I beat his drum earlier, I know, but I thought he could be had for peanuts by comparison. He does have the stuff to be electric, but he has the same problems Justin Wilson has and I find it hard to believe he's 6.25MM better. He was still a 2 WAR player last season, so there's that. I don't know, not the end of the world.
Posted: 01/09/2013 6:42 AM
Swidgin wrote: This is hilarious. I hope the contract ends up not happening...because wouldn't it just be so Pirates for them to deal their $7 million closer in order to clear room for a pitcher who they end up not signing?
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