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.
That bathroom fall cost Liriano quite a sum: Per sources, his deal guaranteed for $1M (from original $12.75M) with $11.75M in option/bonuses
— Tom Singer (@Tom_Singer) February 9, 2013
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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