Francisco Liriano and Pirates reach three-year deal worth $39 million

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The Pirates will have Francisco Liriano in their rotation again this year after signing the left hander to a three-year deal worth $39 million.

Liriano turned down a qualifying offer ($15.3 million) from the Pirates earlier this offseason as he tried his hand on a larger deal. His new deal give the Pirates a slight price break and adds protection in for the pitcher if he were to be injured.

The 31-year-old Liriano was beginning to see his market heat up as Jon Lester and Max Scherzer are closing in on deals.

Liriano owns a 3.20 ERA with 338 strikeouts in 323 1/3 innings over the last two seasons for the Pirates.

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