Francisco Liriano wants 3-4 years at $12 million per season

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Francisco Liriano turned down the Pirates’ qualifying offer, choosing the open market over a one-year, $15.3 million deal, and now Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that he’s looking for 3-4 years and $12 million per season.

The combination of draft pick compensation and Liriano’s up-and-down history may scare some teams off, but he had back-to-back strong seasons for the Pirates and is still just 31 years old.

Liriano started 55 games for Pittsburgh with a 3.20 ERA and 338 strikeouts in 323 innings while holding opponents to a .221 batting average and .628 OPS. Last offseason guys like Ubaldo Jimenez, Ricky Nolasco, and Matt Garza all got around $50 million, so it’d be tough to argue against Liriano being worth similar money.