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.
The Rangers announced on Tuesday that outfielder Joey Gallo was activated from the 10-day injured list. He’s in the lineup, batting fifth and playing center field against the Tigers.
Gallo, 25, went on the disabled list at the beginning of June due to a strained left oblique. He was in the midst of an All-Star-caliber campaign, batting .276/.421/.653 with 17 home runs and 41 RBI in 214 plate appearances.
On a similar note, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that Gallo wasn’t among those offered invitations to participate in the upcoming Home Run Derby. Gallo said of participating, “If I’m not invited, it makes the decision easy.”
It’s one thing for Gallo to not participate because he’s not interested; it’s another thing entirely if he’s not invited, however understandable given his injury. We are all worse off not being able to see Gallo crush dinger after dinger at Progressive Field next month.