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Francisco Liriano declines Pirates’ qualifying offer

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Another free agent many people speculated would accept the $15.3 million qualifying offer has turned it down, as Francisco Liriano said no thanks to the Pirates.

Liriano is still able to re-sign with Pittsburgh, but if he signs elsewhere the Pirates will receive draft pick compensation and the signing team will forfeit a draft pick.

In two seasons with the Pirates the 31-year-old left-hander started 55 games with a 3.20 ERA and racked up 338 strikeouts in 323 innings while holding opponents to a .221 batting average and .628 OPS.

Given his up-and-down track record Liriano may have a tough time securing a massive long-term contract, but he’s at least convinced the draft pick compensation won’t keep him from getting a multi-year deal for similar annual money.

David Robertson turns down $15.3 million qualifying offer from Yankees

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that reliever David Robertson has turned down the Yankees’ qualifying offer of $15.3 million.

There was some speculation that Robertson might accept the offer given that having draft pick compensation attached will hurt his free agent market, but clearly he’s convinced he can still get a multi-year deal for similar annual money. Perhaps from the Yankees, who’re still able to re-sign him.

Robertson was fantastic stepping into Mariano Rivera’s massive shoes as the Yankees’ closer, converting 39 of 44 save chances with a 3.08 ERA and 96/23 K/BB ratio in 64 innings. Dating back to 2011 he’s thrown 258 innings with a 2.20 ERA and 12.3 strikeouts per nine frames.

Hanley Ramirez rejects Dodgers’ qualifying offer

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As expected Hanley Ramirez has rejected the $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Dodgers, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

Ramirez is still free to re-sign with the Dodgers if he wants, but if he signs elsewhere they will receive draft pick compensation and his new team will forfeit a draft pick.

Ramirez is apparently open to playing a position other than shortstop in an effort to increase his market value, which makes sense given that his bat has always been his primary asset and at age 31 his shortstop defense is questionable at best.

Braves sign Chien-Ming Wang

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Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Braves, which includes an invitation to spring training.

Atlanta is looking for rotation depth, but it’s been a long time since Wang has been healthy and effective.

He didn’t pitch in the majors at all this season and has a 7.13 ERA in the big leagues since 2012. Wang spent this season pitching at Triple-A for the Reds and White Sox, posting a 4.12 ERA in 28 starts along with a terrible 73/57 K/BB ratio in 173 innings.

Vinnie Pestano, Angels avoid arbitration with one-year deal

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Vinnie Pestano has avoided arbitration with the Angels by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $1.15 million.

Pestano was acquired from the Indians in early August after struggling following a three-year run as one of the best setup men in the league.

He bounced back with the Angels, posting a 0.93 ERA and 13/4 K/BB ratio in 10 innings, and also had a 1.88 ERA in 38 innings at Triple-A this season.