SP,RP - FA
The Phillies have released LHP Francisco Liriano.
Liriano arrived to summer camp late after debating whether to play under Coronavirus pandemic. He will become a free agent and look to latch onto another team. It is possible Liriano could opt of the 2020 season. The 36-year-old owned a 3.47 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and a 63:35 K:BB across 70 innings for the Pirates in 2019.
Francisco Liriano is expected to report to Phillies camp on Wednesday.
Phillies GM Matt Klentak said Tuesday that Liriano was evaluating the situation before making a decision whether or not to play this year. The 36-year-old southpaw signed a minor-league contract with the team over the offseason. He posted a 3.47 ERA with the Pirates in 2019.
Francisco Liriano walked four consecutive hitters and did not record an out in the Pirates' 6-5 spring loss to the Yankees. He was charged with three earned runs.
Liriano walked four straight batters on 16 straight balls and gave New York a free run before getting the hook. Subsequent relievers allowed two of those free passes to score, making Liriano for three straight runs. When at his worst, this is the exact type of outing Liriano is capable of having. Pittsburgh likely brought him in for hopes of a reclamation project, but Liriano is fighting to stay on the team at this point.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports Francisco Liriano is in agreement with the Pirates on a new contract.
The New York Post's Joel Sherman reports it's a minor league contract. Liriano appeared in 27 games (26 starts) for the Tigers last season, compiling 133 2/3 innings to go along with a 4.58 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. The 35-year-old had success in Pittsburgh a few years ago and will once again look to turn his career around with the Pirates.
Francisco Liriano was removed from his final start of the season after 2 2/3 innings due to lower back stiffness. He allowed four runs on three hits and two walks, and struck out five in the outing.
This was likely the last start the 34-year-old Liriano will make with Detroit, as he is set to become a free agent. There's always a market for lefties in MLB, but Liriano posted a 4.58 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in another injury-riddled season. Regardless of where he lands, he carries little to no fantasy value at this point in his career.