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The New York Mets are not going to compete for the playoffs in the 2013 MLB season. They know that. But that is not stopping them from looking into signing some former marquee names who are either coming off of major injuries and surgeries or down seasons or both. That is why the Mets are looking into the possibility of signing Grady Sizemore or Francisco Liriano, or perhaps even both. The Mets have a logical reasoning behind these possibilities. They know that even if they add Sizemore and Liriano, they are probably still just the third or fourth best team in the National League East. They will finish well ahead of the Miami Marlins – who should be contracted – but will struggle to place before the Philadelphia Phillies. And forget about chasing the Washington Nationals or Atlanta Braves. Nobody expects that to happen, regardless of what New York does the rest of this offseason. But if the Mets were to sign Sizemore or Liriano or both, they have one hope behind their thinking. Trade bait. If Sizemore can return to even a shell of his former self when he was one of the best overall hitters in the league with the Cleveland Indians, they know what he can do in the outfield as well if he can just remain healthy. And Liriano was once a “can’t miss” prospect who has deemed the next big thing as a starting pitcher with the Minnesota Twins. Since those days, both have fallen on hard times, suffering from countless injuries and undergoing major surgeries, all while struggling to remain healthy, but also to produce. But that does not mean that there is not time for either or both to rebound in a big way. The bottom line is that neither Sizemore not Lirinao can be asking for big money in 2013. Most likely, they will receive one year deals loaded with incentives, hoping to have big comeback seasons and turn that into a larger pay day after next season. They just won’t come from the Mets. If New York signs Sizemore and Liriano, it is not a move made for the future of their team. The trade that sent Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays for a strong package highlighted by Travis d’Arnaud was made for the future. Signing David Wright to the richest contract in franchise history was made for the future. Bringing in Sizemore and/or Liriano would be for about six or seven months, although it could lead to helping build for the future, as the Mets would look to flip both of them for more prospects around the 2013 MLB Trade Deadline, provided they can prove worthy enough to help a contender during the stretch run or into the postseason. Either way, the Mets see it is a low-risk/high-reward sort of situation.   The post MLB Rumors: Mets Looking To Sign Grady Sizemore And Francisco Liriano As MLB Trade Deadline Bait? appeared first on Hardball Chat Baseball Blog.

Report: Pirates to sign LHP Liriano to two-year deal

Pitcher Francisco Liriano and the Pittsburgh Pirates have reached agreement on a two-year, $14 million contract with the Pirates, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. Liriano, 29, split time between the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox last season. He was traded to the White Sox in late July for two minor leaguers. The left-hander finished the 2012 season with a combined...

Report: Pirates agree to terms with Francisco Liriano

If you, like me, were waiting on the Pirates to do something this winter to address their rotation depth issues, it looks today like we're finally going to have some movement on that front. According to LaVelle Neal, the Pirates have agreed to terms with lefty Francisco Liriano on a two-year/$14 million deal that's contingent upon a physical. The PG's Michael Sanserino...

Francisco Liriano and the Slow Death of ERA

The Pittsburgh Pirates have reportedly agreed to sign Francisco Liriano to a two year, $14 million contract. It’s an interesting deal, and we’ll talk about the specifics of Liriano and the Pirates in a second, but I first want to look at where this deal fits into an interesting off-season trend. From a runs allowed perspective, Francisco Liriano was terrible last year. Just...

Pirates and Francisco Liriano Agree To Two-Year Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to improve their starting rotation in an effort to carry some of their first-half magic from the last two seasons through a full year. Francisco Liriano may be one of the pieces they've been missing. Then again, he may continue to struggle as he has since returning from Tommy John. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Pirates and...

Pirates sign Liriano to two-year contract worth $14 million

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been trying to land players in free agency. One player they have signed is pitcher Francisco Liriano. Liriano will make $14 million over the next two years. Last season Liriano had a 5.34 ERA while splitting time between the Twins and White Sox. The Pirates are hoping that Liriano returns to the form he had in 2010 when he had a 3.62 ERA and racked up...

Pirates Ink Liriano To 2-Year Deal

Francisco Liriano has agreed to a two year, $14 million contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to a source. The deal will be finalized once Liriano passes a physical. The Mets were reportedly interested in the lefthanded Liriano who has been beset by injuries since his breakthrough season in 2006 when he 12-3 with a  2.16 ERA for the Twins. Liriano, 29, started the 2012...

Pirates to Sign Francisco Liriano

The Pittsburgh Pirates are set to sign Francisco Liriano, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The deal is a two year, $14 M deal. Liriano is coming off a season where he had a 5.34 ERA in 156.2 innings between Minnesota and the Chicago White Sox. That followed a year where he had a 5.09 ERA in 134.1 innings in Minnesota. The lefty had a breakout season...

First Pitch: Thoughts on Liriano, Hanrahan, the Rotation, and the Payroll

Some quick hits tonight in the aftermath of the Francisco Liriano deal. I was on the road most of the day today, and had a lot of time to think about the fallout from this deal. **I mentioned earlier that I felt the Francisco Liriano deal was a good risk for the Pirates to take. I was on TribLIVE Radio this afternoon further discussing the deal.  Liriano is a great gamble for the...

Bucs to sign Francisco Liriano

The Pirates made surprising headlines this morning when they agreed to a deal with free agent pitcher Francisco Liriano. They will pay him $14M over two years. Liriano, a 29-year-old lefty who spent his whole career with Minnesota before a midseason trade to the White Sox in 2012, is a pretty high-risk signing with the potential to be dominant but also the potential to be a disaster...

Francisco Liriano

FRANCISCO LIRIANO LEFT HANDED PITCHER Born: October 26, 1983 Height: 6’2″ Weight: 215 Bats: Left Throws: Left Signed: International Free Agent, 2000 (Giants) How Acquired: Free Agent Country: Dominican Republic Agent: Greg Genske WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Liriano has been one of the more erratic pitchers of recent years.  He originally worked out for...

Rumor Roundup: Friday, December 21 by Daniel Rathman

Grady Sizemore might still have bidders, a pair of former major leaguers are looking to stage comebacks, and Rick Porcello`s suitors are lining up.


With the lack of affordable outfield options available to the Mets, desperation was sure to crawl through the door. Mark down 12-20-2012 (palindrome) as the day that desperation finally made its way onto the Citi Field stoop, as they are once again looking at that ever popular "low-risk high-reward" road. Take a look at this tweet from somebody that might be in the...

Links of the Day 12/21/12

Today is the last Friday many of you will have to work all year. I better get these links right. If you like soccer and have free time, this is the game for you. I wouldn’t recommend buying it for anyone you would like to see again. (I have the 2012 version, and adore it) Francisco Liriano signed a 2 year deal with the Pirates.  Also, the Twins signed Rich Harden SCOREBOARD NHL...
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