Pirates make $15.3 million qualifying offers to Russell Martin and Francisco Liriano

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Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that the Pirates have extended $15.3 million qualifying offers to catcher Russell Martin and left-hander Francisco Liriano.

Both players have the option of accepting one-year, $15.3 million deals to return to Pittsburgh or declining to hit the open market, at which point the Pirates would receive draft pick compensation if they sign elsewhere.

Given the scarcity of quality catching options available Martin should have little trouble securing multi-year offers even with draft pick compensation attached, but it’s possible that Liriano could run into a problem similar to Ervin Santana last offseason when many interested teams aren’t willing to forfeit a draft pick to sign him.

Of course, considering how well Liriano has pitched and how much top-of-the-rotation starters tend to go for perhaps that won’t be the case, but his inconsistent track record makes it an interesting situation.

Batting champion Luis Arraez beats Marlins in salary arbitration

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — AL batting champion Luis Arraez won his salary arbitration case and will get a $6.1 million salary from the Miami Marlins, who acquired the infielder from the Minnesota Twins last month.

Miami argued for a $5 million salary during a hearing before John Stout, Mark Burstein and Scott Buchheit. Arraez received a raise from $2.2 million.

Arraez hit .316 with eight homers, 49 RBIs and a .795 OPS last year for Minnesota, starting 61 games at first base, 34 at designated hitter and 31 at second. The 25-year-old was traded on Jan. 20 for starting pitcher Pablo Lopez and a pair of prospects: infielder Jose Salas and outfielder Byron Chourio.

Arraez is eligible for free agency after the 2026 season.

Seattle defeated Diego Castillo in the first salary arbitration decision this year, and the relief pitcher will get a raise to $2.95 million rather than his request of $3,225,000.

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.