Pirates Finalize Deal With Liriano

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed pitcher Francisco Liriano to a three-year contract on Friday.

Financial terms were not released, but multiple outlets reported during the winter meetings that the left-hander's contract is worth $39 million, the richest free-agent deal in team history.

"I think it speaks to the culture we’ve created," general manager Neal Huntington said in a conference call Friday. "It speaks to the man in Francisco. He enjoyed being a Pirate, he’s comfortable, he wants to compete and win and believes that we can do that."Liriano, 31, went 7-10 with a 3.38 ERA in 29 starts this past season with the Pirates. He won 16 games for the club in 2013.

"Once he came back from the oblique strain, he was healthy and he was lights-out," Huntington said. "That was a fun pitcher to watch compete."

For his career, Liriano is 76-72 with a 4.07 ERA in 223 games (196 starts) with the Minnesota Twins, Chicago Whites Sox and Pirates.

The Pirates also signed right-handed pitcher Radhames Liz, three weeks after his winter league team’s website announced that he had agreed to terms.

NOTES - The Pirates sent minor league right-hander Buddy Borden to the Tampa Bay Rays as the player to be named later in the Sean Rodriguez trade. The Pirates drafted Borden, 22, in the seventh round in 2013 out of UNLV. He had a 3.16 ERA in 128 innings for low-Class A West Virginia in 2014. To clear a spot for Liz on their now full 40-man roster, the Pirates designated right-hander Josh Lindblom for assignment.


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