Francisco Liriano still undecided about Pirates’ $15.3 million qualifying offer


Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that pitcher Francisco Liriano is still undecided about the $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Pirates. The lefty is considering “several options”.

The qualifying offer means the Pirates receive draft pick compensation if Liriano signs elsewhere. For Liriano, though, signing elsewhere may prove difficult since other teams may be reluctant to part with a draft pick for a 31-year-old pitcher who has been inconsistent (though effective) and battled injuries. This was illustrated last off-season, when Ervin Santana didn’t sign until March and only because the Braves suffered back-to-back injuries to Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy.

Liriano may be able to get a multi-year deal, but it isn’t a guarantee and the average annual value would be less than $15 million per year. As a result, accepting the Pirates’ QO may be the best he can do.

Since joining the Pirates in 2013, Liriano has broken out after appearing to be a bust of a prospect. He has a 3.20 ERA with a 338/144 K/BB ratio in 323 1/3 innings over the past two seasons.

Cavan Biggio hits for the cycle

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Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle on Tuesday against the Orioles. Cavan, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, struck out in the first inning, but bounced back to hit a two-run homer in the third. He followed that up with a single in the sixth, a double in the eighth, and a two-run triple in the ninth.

Biggio is the sixth player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Jorge Polanco (Twins), Shohei Ohtani (Angels), Jake Bauers (Indians), Trea Turner (Nationals), and Jonathan Villar (Orioles). He’s the third member of the Blue Jays to hit for the cycle, joining Jeff Frye and Kelly Gruber. In case you were wondering, yes, Craig Biggio has also hit for the cycle. He did so against the Rockies on April 8, 2002. Craig and Cavan are the second father-son duo to both hit for the cycle, joining Gary and Daryle Ward, Sportsnet notes.

After Tuesday’s 4-for-5 performance, Biggio is batting .230/.361/.425 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI in 379 plate appearances on the season.