Francisco Liriano Signs Minor League Contract with the Philadelphia Phillies

Francisco Liriano isn’t leaving The Keystone State… 

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed the 36-year-old Dominican professional baseball left-handed pitcher to a minor league contracts with invitations to attend major league spring training.

Francisco Liriano

Liriano was 5-3 with a 3.47 ERA in 69 relief appearances for the Pittsburgh Pirateslast season. Liriano is 112-114 with a 4.15 ERA and has averaged 9.01 strikeouts per nine innings over 419 career games.

During his career, he has played for the Minnesota TwinsChicago White Sox, the PiratesToronto Blue JaysHouston Astrosand Detroit Tigers.

Liriano was an MLB All-Star in 2006, and is a two-time winner of the MLB Comeback Player of the Year Award.

Cabrera Named Player of the Year at Major League Baseball Players Choice Awards

Miguel Cabrera is getting some serious respect from his fellow Major League Baseball players…

The 30-year-old Venezuelan baseball star and Detroit Tigers slugger has won his second consecutive player of the year award in voting by his fellow major leaguers.

Miguel Cabrera

Cabrera followed his historic Triple Crown season of 2012 with another impressive year. He led the American League with a .348 average and had 44 homers and 137 RBIs, both second to Baltimore Orioles star Chris Davis. Cabrera edged Davis and the Angels’ Mike Trout for the honor.

Retiring Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was voted Marvin Miller man of the year for excellence on and off the field, and Rivera was also picked as the AL’s comeback player of the year, notching 44 saves after missing most of 2012 with a knee injury. Pittsburgh’s Francisco Liriano was selected the National League‘s comeback player.

For the second consecutive year, Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen won NL outstanding player. Cabrera was selected AL outstanding player.

Other awards Monday night went to Detroit’s Max Scherzer (AL outstanding pitcher), the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw (NL outstanding pitcher), Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Wil Myers (AL outstanding rookie) and Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez (NL outstanding rookie).

Liriano Signs One-Year Contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates

Francisco Liriano is the Pirate of Pittsburgh…

The 29-year-old Dominican professional baseball player has completed a reworked one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates after the left-handed starting pitcher injured his non-pitching arm over the holidays.

Francisco Liriano

The Pirates on Friday night announced they’d finalized the deal with Liriano, who has pitched for the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox. Liriano’s deal includes a vesting option for the 2014 season.

Pittsburgh had agreed to a $14 million, two-year contract with Liriano in December, pending a physical. But then Liriano got hurt, putting his status with the Pirates in jeopardy.

General manager Neal Huntington wouldn’t get into specifics when he talked last month about the nature of the injury, saying only that the team remained in contact with Liriano.

Liriano is 53-54 with a 4.40 ERA in seven major league seasons. He went 6-12 with a 5.34 ERA in 2012 while splitting the season between the Twins and White Sox.

Liriano Agrees to Two-Year, $14 Million Deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates

Francisco Liriano will be living the life of a pirate next season…

The 29-year-old Dominican-born professional baseball player has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to Minneapolis’ The Star Tribune.

Francisco Liriano

Following 5½ seasons with the Minnesota Twins, this will be Liriano’s third team in five months after being traded from the Twins to the Chicago White Sox in late July.

The left-handed starting pitcher was 6-12 with a 5.34 ERA in 2012.

He’s 53-54 with a 4.40 ERA in six full seasons.

Liriano pitched a no-hitter in May 2011 but failed to muster much success the rest of the season, finishing 9-10 with a 5.09 ERA.

He’ll join a Pirates rotation that includes A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez and James McDonald, who went a combined 33-22 for Pittsburgh in 2012.

Liriano is the Pirates’ second big free-agent acquisition of the past month; catcher Russell Martin signed a two-year, $17 million deal.

The Pirates hope Liriano and Martin can help get the team at least over .500. Their record string of losing seasons was extended to 20 this past season when they went from 16 games over .500 on Aug. 8 to a 79-83 finish, losing 35 of their last 50 games.