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Francisco Liriano wants 3-4 years at $12 million per season

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Francisco Liriano turned down the Pirates’ qualifying offer, choosing the open market over a one-year, $15.3 million deal, and now Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that he’s looking for 3-4 years and $12 million per season.

The combination of draft pick compensation and Liriano’s up-and-down history may scare some teams off, but he had back-to-back strong seasons for the Pirates and is still just 31 years old.

Liriano started 55 games for Pittsburgh with a 3.20 ERA and 338 strikeouts in 323 innings while holding opponents to a .221 batting average and .628 OPS. Last offseason guys like Ubaldo Jimenez, Ricky Nolasco, and Matt Garza all got around $50 million, so it’d be tough to argue against Liriano being worth similar money.

Pirates sign A.J. Burnett to one-year, $8.5 million deal

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Last offseason A.J. Burnett left the Pirates for the Phillies, but after a rough season in Philadelphia he’s going back to Pittsburgh.

Burnett has signed a one-year deal with the Pirates worth $8.5 million, which is significantly less than the $12.75 million player option he declined to leave the Phillies.

Burnett had a fantastic two-season run for the Pirates in 2012/2013, starting 61 games with a 3.41 ERA and 389 strikeouts in 393 innings, but he went 8-18 with a 4.59 ERA in 34 starts for the Phillies.

At age 38 he’s certainly no sure thing to bounce back, but for $8.5 million and a one-year commitment a reunion with Burnett makes a lot of sense for a Pirates rotation that may lose free agents Francisco Liriano and Edinson Volquez.

For the third straight offseason every free agent declined the qualifying offer

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Three straight offseasons filled with speculation about various free agents who received qualifying offers accepting the one-year deals and three straight offseasons in which no one accepted them.

In all 34 players have turned down qualifying offers since the system was put in place and zero have accepted, including borderline cases like Michael Cuddyer, Ervin Santana, and Francisco Liriano declining their teams’ offers today.

Here’s a list of all the free agents to turn down the $15.3 million qualifying offer this time around:

Melky Cabrera, Blue Jays

Nelson Cruz, Orioles

Michael Cuddyer, Rockies

Francisco Liriano, Pirates

Russell Martin, Pirates

Victor Martinez, Tigers

Hanley Ramirez, Dodgers

David Robertson, Yankees

Pablo Sandoval, Giants

Ervin Santana, Braves

Max Scherzer, Tigers

James Shields, Royals

Last year Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew clearly should have accepted what was then a $14.1 million qualifying offer, so we’ll see if any of this year’s offer-declining free agents regret their decisions in a few months.

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.

The deadline to accept or reject qualifying offers is 5PM today

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Today at 5pm is the deadline for the 12 free agent players who were given qualifying offers by their 2014 clubs to either accept them or reject them. Here, again, are the players who were given qualifying offers:

Melky Cabrera, Blue Jays
Nelson Cruz, Orioles
Michael Cuddyer, Rockies
Francisco Liriano, Pirates
Russell Martin, Pirates
Victor Martinez, Tigers
Hanley Ramirez, Dodgers
David Robertson, Yankees
Pablo Sandoval, Giants
Ervin Santana, Braves
Max Scherzer, Tigers
James Shields, Royals

If these guys accept their qualifying offer they will be given a one-year deal with their current club for $15.3 million. If they reject, they are free to sign with any team, however the team that signs them will have to give up a first or a second round draft pick (if the signing team has a top-10 pick in next summer’s draft, they will give up a second rounder). Those picks are often called “compensation picks,” but as our friend Joe Sheehan reminds us today via his fantastic newsletter to which you should subscribe, it’s really a punishment to teams for signing free agents, designed specifically to impede the market for players’ services. Why the union ever agreed to that I have no idea, but it was really stupid of them to do so. Alas.

No player, since the advent of the qualifying offer, has accepted one. That seems likely to change this year, partially because we saw a couple of guys end up taking low-price, one-year deals after they couldn’t find a robust market for their services after rejecting the qualifying offer. Partially because a couple of this year’s qualifying offer recipients would, on the merits, be unlikely to find a better deal regardless.

Michael Cuddyer is an obvious example given his recent injury history and the fact that many teams may perceive him as something of a creature of Coors Field at this point in his career. Ervin Santana and Nelson Cruz were two of the guys who had trouble finding jobs last winter due to their last qualifying offers so you could understand it if they¬†accepted, but most reports suggest they will not. It’s possible, however, that Francisco Liriano accepts. Beyond that, it seems like everyone will reject and test the market.