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Report says Bucs sign Liriano

December 22, 2012
The Altoona Mirror

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to terms on a two-year, $14 million contract with pitcher Francisco Liriano, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on Friday.

The Pirates haven't confirmed the transaction. A source with knowledge of the situation told that the deal was close to being final, pending a physical that would likely be taken after Christmas.

Liriano figures to slot in the Pittsburgh rotation behind A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez and James McDonald.

Liriano, 29, was 6-12 with a 5.34 ERA in 34 games, including 28 starts, for the Twins and White Sox last season. He spent most of his career with Minnesota and had his best year during an All-Star 2006 season when he was 12-3 with a 2.16 ERA.

That season was shortened by a torn elbow ligament and Liriano missed all of 2007. In 2010, Liriano was named the American League's Comeback Player of the Year winner.

On May 3, 2011, vs. the White Sox, he threw a no-hitter during a 1-0 victory. On July 28 of last season, the Twins traded Liriano to the White Sox for two Minor Leaguers. In a 168 career games, Liriano is 53-54 with a 4.40 ERA.

This marks the second significant free agent signing by the Pirates this offseason. Earlier, the team signed catcher Russell Martin to a two-year contract worth $17 million. He only batted .211 for the Yankees, but did hit 21 home runs.

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