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.

Aaron Judge exits game with left oblique injury

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Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge was shaken up during Saturday’s 9-2 win over the Royals. The slugger appeared to tweak his left side after hitting a single off of Glenn Sparkman in the sixth inning, and was wincing in pain as team trainers attended to him. Per an official announcement from the club, he sustained a left oblique injury and will undergo an MRI at the New York Presbyterian Hospital this afternoon.

While it’s not yet clear how long Judge will be out of commission, it’s a worrying injury given his history. The 26-year-old outfielder was similarly sidelined in 2016 after a right oblique strain brought an abrupt end to his first MLB call-up, and missed significant time again in 2018 after fracturing his right wrist. It’s also a blow to the Yankees, who currently have a dozen players nursing injuries from bone spurs to rotator cuff issues on the injured list.

Prior to Saturday’s incident, Judge went 2-for-4 with a first-inning home run and a base hit, adding to a healthy .288/.404/.521 batting line and running total of five homers, 11 RBI, and a .925 OPS through his first 89 plate appearances of 2019. He was replaced by infielder/outfielder Tyler Wade, who stepped in to pinch-run in the sixth and returned at the top of the seventh to assume Judge’s post in right field.