Liriano was released by the Blue Jays on Monday. Liriano didn't allow a run out of the bullpen in spring training, striking out seven while issuing three walks over 7.1 innings. He'll search for work elsewhere following his release from Toronto.
Liriano isn't under consideration for a rotation spot but could be used as an opener or reliever, Mike Wilner of the Toronto Star reports. Liriano isn't a lock to make the team, as he's in camp as a non-roster invitee and didn't pitch at all last season. He was a starter for most of his career but turned in a solid season of relief in 2019, posting a 3.47 ERA in 70.0 innings for the Pirates. If he does win a bullpen spot, however, it's unlikely to be in a fantasy-relevant role.
Liriano signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays on Tuesday that includes an invitation to big-league camp, Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun reports. The 27-year-old signed with the Phillies last offseason, but he was released in July and opted out of the 2020 season a couple weeks later. Liriano pitched well out of the bullpen for Pittsburgh in 2019 with a 3.47 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 63:35 K:BB over 70 innings, so he should have a strong chance of cracking the Opening Day roster with a decent showing in spring training.
Liriano intends to resume his playing career in 2021, Robert Murray of FanSided.com reports. Liriano received offers from multiple teams last winter, ultimately signing with the Phillies on a minor-league deal worth up to $1.75 million. After the coronavirus pandemic delayed the season until the summer, however, Liriano elected to opt out of the 2020 campaign shortly before Opening Day. Though he turned 37 in October, Liriano isn't ready to retire yet, so he shouldn't have much trouble landing another minor-league deal this offseason. Liriano found success after converting to a full-time relief role with Pittsburgh in 2019, logging a 3.47 ERA and 63 strikeouts over 70 innings.
Liriano announced Sunday he is opting out of the 2020 season, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports. The veteran southpaw was with the Phillies in summer camp before being released in mid-July, and he'll sit out 2020 rather than signing on with another team. Liriano was already contemplating his status before ultimately reporting to camp, so it's not a major surprise he decided to opt out. The 36-year-old had a 3.47 ERA and 1.36 WHIP with the Pirates last season and figures to draw some interest again during the offseason.
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