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


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.