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.
Liriano was released by the Phillies on Saturday, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Liriano was slightly late to camp while contemplating whether to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but he appeared to have plenty of time to get his arm conditioned. However, he'll become a free agent with less than a week remaining until Opening Day. Given the 36-year-old's uncertainty regarding his playing status during the abbreviated 2020 season, it wouldn't be surprising to see him wait until the offseason to sign if he receives another contract.
Liriano threw an abbreviated bullpen session Wednesday, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
Liriano was absent when the Phillies began summer camp last week while he weighed the risk of attempting to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but he's apparently elected to opt in for the 2020 season. A full-time reliever at this stage in his career, Liriano won't require much time to get his arm conditioned for competition, so he should have a good chance at winning a spot on the 30-man Opening Day roster.
Liriano will be part of the Phillies' 60-man roster.
Liriano signed with Philly on a minor-league deal in January and had yet to be added to the 40-man roster. The lefty converted to a full-time relief role in 2019, appearing out of the bullpen 69 times for the Pirates and posting his best ERA (3.47) since 2015. That doesn't necessarily mean a spike in fantasy value is on the horizon, as a 4.53 FIP suggests some regression, and he's unlikely to factor into the closer mix in the Philadelphia bullpen.
Liriano agreed Wednesday with the Phillies on a minor-league contract, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports. The deal is worth up $1.5 million at the major-league level and includes up to $1.25 million in incentives.
Though Liriano will be attending spring training as a non-roster invitee, he'll have a legitimate chance to claim a spot on the Phillies' Opening Day squad as a left-handed option out of the bullpen. After a few down years as a starter, the one-time All-Star made a full-time move to relief in 2019, churning out a 3.47 ERA and 63:35 K:BB in 70 innings with Pittsburgh. While he wasn't overly dominant versus same-handed hitters (.295 wOBA), Liriano at least held his own against righties (.312 wOBA), something that may bolster his case for sticking around in the big leagues with the three-batter minimum going into effect in 2020.
Liriano allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits without retiring a batter in Monday's 9-7 loss to the Brewers.
Second baseman Adam Frazier's error put the leadoff man on before three straight singles doomed Liriano's night. The lefty has allowed seven runs in 2.2 innings over his last four outings -- with just two of those runs earned -- due to a porous defense. Liriano has made a smooth transition from starter to reliever in 2019, registering a 3.31 ERA in 51.2 innings. A 48:26 K:BB includes an 11.7 walk percentage -- above his career rate of 10.5 percent -- but batters have had difficulty squaring up his 92.8 mph fastball. He's also mixing in an effective changeup more than ever, throwing it a career-high 26.9 percent of the time. While Liriano is not in the mix for saves, he has recorded eight holds.
Pitching exclusively out of the bullpen, Liriano has yet to allow an earned run in 10.1 innings through his first 11 appearances of 2019.
After issuing a pair of walks and a wild pitch to three of the first four batters he faced, Liriano has crafted a 14:4 K:BB. The 34-year-old has thrown in three of the last four games, becoming one of the team's few reliable bullpen options in April. His walk rate (8.9 percent) is the lowest it's been since 2010. While he's not pitching enough to help many fantasy owners, there remains a chance he could spot-start if and when injuries strike Pittsburgh's rotation.
Liriano's contract was purchased Thursday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
This was a formality, as it was reported last week that Liriano had made the team. He will work in mid-leverage situations, getting plenty of work against left-handed hitters.
Despite an inconsistent spring, Liriano will make the team's Opening Day roster, John Perrotto of DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
With nine walks in 9.2 Grapefruit League innings, Liriano has struggled with his control. Even so, the Pirates will give the 35-year-old a chance to pitch out of the bullpen. Liriano has compiled a 5.03 ERA in 230.2 innings since 2017 and isn't expected to pitch in high leverage situations.
The Pirates are expected to inform Liriano whether he has made the Opening Day roster Saturday, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.
He's pitched progressively worse throughout the spring, allowing five runs with an 8:9 K:BB in 9.1innings. If Liriano doesn't make the team, the Pirates will likely release him because they would have to pay him a $100,000 bonus if they send him to Triple-A. Rule 5 pick Nick Burdi has outpitched Liriano and may take the final bullpen spot.
Liriano walked all four batters he faced against the Yankees on Sunday.
The left-hander struggled with a 4.9 BB/9 in 133.2 innings for Detroit last season. The Pirates will likely give Liriano a longer leash than other teams, given his past success with the organization, but he'll need to throw strikes in his next couple outings.
Liriano pitched a scoreless fourth inning Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Pittsburgh signed the 35-year-old earlier in February to serve as a reliever. Liriano started in 26 of his 27 appearances with Detroit last season, limiting batters to a .221/.316/.319 slash line the first time through the order. Opponents hit .270/.380/.494 the second time around, however. If the team's other fifth starter options fail, it wouldn't be surprising to see Liriano get another chance in the rotation, considering his track record of success with the Bucs.
Liriano signed a minor-league deal with the Pirates on Monday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
The 35-year-old returns to the place where he had the best stretch of his career, as he posted a 3.26 ERA in Pittsburgh from 2013 to 2015. In the three years since then, his ERA has sat at 4.89, and given his age, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him continue to slip. The rebuilding Pirates will hope he has something left in the tank, at least in a relief role.
Liriano exited Thursday's game against the Twins due to lower back tightness.
This is good news for Liriano, who will become a free agent in the offseason. The injury won't prevent him from missing any time during the 2019 campaign.
Liriano left Thursday's game against the Twins with an undisclosed injury, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
The team trainer came out to examine Liriano after he walked two consecutive batters in the third inning, and the decision was made to remove the 34-year-old lefty from the game. More news on the severity of Liriano's injury should emerge following further evaluation. He was making his final start of the 2018 season, so he's done pitching for the year regardless of the extent of the issue.
Liriano (5-11) picked up the loss Friday against the Royals, allowing four runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks across six innings. He struck out four.
Despite the loss, it was a solid effort for Liriano, who now has three straight quality starts. During the run, the veteran lefty has a 1.89 ERA across 19 innings, lowering his season ERA to 4.40. Liriano will look to continue the positive returns in his final start of the season, which is scheduled for Thursday in Minnesota.
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