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Francisco Liriano, Pirates agree to two-year, $12.75M deal

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer
Francisco Liriano is reportedly bound for the Steel City. (Getty Images)

Left-handed starting pitcher Francisco Liriano has agreed to a two-year, $12.75 million contract with the Pirates, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports. The contract will be finalized once Liriano passes a physical.

The 29-year-old Liriano is coming off a season in which he posted a 5.34 ERA in a combined 156 2/3 innings for the Twins and White Sox. Liriano seemed to right himself in 2012 after a midseason exile to the Minnesota bullpen. After the trade to Chicago, control problems led to a 5.40 ERA with the contending White Sox. For his career, Liriano has a 4.40 ERA across parts of seven major-league seasons.

Liriano figures to slot in the Pittsburgh rotation behind A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez and James McDonald.

The news that a deal was in place was first reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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