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 Liriano have agreed to a two-year contract. The deal is reportedly worth $12.75 million. The deal will be finalized once Liriano passes a physical.
Liriano was once one of the most promising young pitchers in baseball. However, a torn UCL derailed his career in 2007. He never quite returned to be the same pitcher he was. However, the Twins gave him four and a half more seasons before dealing him to the Chicago White Sox.
Liriano has pitched in the Majors for seven seasons and has a 4.40 career ERA. His best season came in 2006 when he went 12-3 and posted a 2.16 ERA. He had a decent return in 2008 and posted solid numbers in 2010, but he was never able to recapture the magic that made him great in 2006. The Pirates hope that Liriano, 29, still has something left in the tank.