Left handed pitcher Francisco Liriano, 31, has agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He declined Pittsburgh’s qualifying offer on November 10, and if he would’ve signed with another team the Pirates would have received a compensatory pick.
Source: Francisco Liriano to the #Pirates on a three-year, $39 million deal.
— Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayMLB) December 9, 2014
Liriano spent the past two seasons with the Pirates, going 23-18 with a 3.20 ERA during that span.
Francisco Liriano went 7-10 with a 3.38 ERA last season, and he was great down the stretch run that put the Pirates in the Wild Card Game, which they lost to the Giants.
This is a great move for the Pirates, who look to compete in a very tough NL Central, that could get tougher with the Cubs looking to contend in 2015.
The Pirates have made playoffs in two straight seasons, after having a 20 year playoff drought.
Liriano will probably be the number two, with Gerrit Cole stepping into the ace role.