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.