Pirates Ink Pitcher Nelson Liriano to Two-Year, $14M Deal
The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed pitcher Francisco Liriano to a two-year, $14 million contract, adding another solid arm to their rotation.
A source familiar with the negotiations said the deal could be finalized after a physical, which Liriano would take after Christmas.
The Pirates, for their part, haven't confirmed the transaction with Liriano.
The 29-year-old Liriano went 6-12 with a 5.34 ERA in 34 games, including 28 starts, for the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox last season.
Liriano spent most of his career with Minnesota and had his best year during an All-Star 2006 season when he was 12-3 with a 2.16 ERA.
However, Liriano's career-best season was shortened by a torn elbow ligament that caused him to miss all of 2007.
In 2010, Liriano was named the American League's Comeback Player of the Year winner. On May 3, 2011, he threw a no-hitter during a 1-0 victory against the White Sox.
Last season, his tenure with the Twins ended after he was traded to the White Sox for two minor leaguers on July 28.
In 168 career games, Liriano has a 53-54 record with a 4.40 ERA.
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