In late December, the Pirates and Francisco Liriano agreed to a two-year, $12.75 million contract. Then it was revealed that Liriano suffered an injury to his right (non-throwing) arm in December, putting the deal in jeopardy. Now, however, there is a resolution.
Ken Rosenthal reports that Liriano agreed to reduce his salary in the first year of the deal in the event he misses time due to the injury to the right arm. If the injury doesn’t cause him to spend any time on the disabled list, he’ll collect the full $12.75 million.
Here is some exclusive audio from Pirates GM Neal Huntington regarding the deal.
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.