You didn’t think the Pittsburgh Pirates were going to sit around and allow the Boston Red Sox to be the only team dealing with damaged goods this winter, did you? The Pirates were believed to be close to signing free agent left-hander Francisco Liriano to a two-year deal, but as Rob Biertempfel reports, the Bucs’ agreement with the pitcher may be in jeopardy.
The good news is that Liriano’s right arm is not the one he uses to issue walks, surrender home runs, or strike batters out with. That’s a good thing, right? The bad news is that Liriano represented the Pirates biggest non-Russell Martin acquisition of the offseason. We could discuss how lobbing a two-year $12.75 million contract at a pitcher whose market could otherwise be described as tepid is a shite move to being with, but this is the Pirates and somebody had to pick up the slack left behind by Erik Bedard, Jeff Karstens, and Kevin Correia. This is the sad face of mediocrity.
As Biertempfel indicates, the Pirates will continue to talk with Liriano’s agent, but there is nothing imminent at this point.