Pirates, Francisco Liriano finalize agreement

The Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to a two-year, $12.75 million contract with free agent Francisco Liriano  in the middle of December, but the official signing was delayed when the left-hander broke his non-throwing arm in abathroom fall. The Pirates and Liriano were finally able to finalize their agreement yesterday, but the 29-year-old is now only receiving a one-year contract worth $1 million guaranteed, according to Tom Signer of MLB.com.

Pittsburgh’s agreement with Liriano is one-year guaranteed with a vesting option for 2014. While Liriano still has the potential to earn $12.75 million over the span of the deal, only $1 million is guaranteed following his bathroom tumble.

It could turn out to be a steal for the Pirates, as Liriano has previously flashed brilliance with the Minnesota Twins. However, the left-hander has also struggled mightily with inconsistency, as he only managed a 5.23 ERA with 5.0 walks per nine innings over the past two seasons.

In seven seasons in the majors, Liriano owns a career ERA and WHIP of 4.40 and 1.354 with a 2.38 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

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