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.
Liriano (5-10) allowed three runs on five hits and two walks across seven innings to earn the win Sunday against Cleveland. He struck out seven.
Liriano allowed a run on three hits in the first inning before the home team plated another pair on two hits and two walks in the fourth. He settled down after that point and only allowed one other hitter to reach via a hit batsman the rest of the way. Liriano has now delivered back-to-back quality starts, striking out 14 and allowing just three earned runs across 13 innings in that span. The left-hander will make his next start Friday against the Royals.
Liriano (4-10) took the loss Monday against the Astros, allowing three unearned runs on four hits and four walks across six innings. He struck out seven.
Liriano's control was a bit spotty, but he otherwise pitched well against a strong Houston lineup. All of the damage came in the third inning, when the Astros scored three times following an error by shortstop Ronny Rodriguez. That was plenty for ace Justin Verlander, and Liriano ended up getting saddled with a tough-luck loss in a 3-2 game. The veteran lefty has been solid in his last two outings, allowing just two earned runs in 11 innings of work with 12 strikeouts to lower his season ERA to 4.65. He'll look to continue the positive momentum in his next start, which is scheduled for Sunday in Cleveland.
Liriano (4-9) recorded the win Tuesday against the White Sox, as he allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk across five innings. He struck out five.
While this wasn't a great outing, it was a step in the right direction for Liriano. This was the first time since Aug. 5 that the veteran lefty allowed two earned runs or fewer, and amazingly this was his first win since April 28. Liriano still has an unsightly 4.90 ERA, and he looks like a shaky option in his next start, which is scheduled for Monday against a strong Astros lineup.
Liriano allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks across 4.1 innings in a no-decision against the Yankees on Thursday. He struck out two.
Liriano was roughed up by a tough New York lineup, with sluggers Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres each taking him deep. The veteran lefty now has a disappointing 4.96 ERA this season as he continues to be hard to trust in fantasy. He'll look to bounce back in his next start, which is scheduled for Tuesday against the White Sox.
Liriano is scheduled to make his next start Thursday against the Yankees, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
The Tigers' open date in the schedule Monday allowed the team to shuffle its rotation, so manager Ron Gardenhire will have Matthew Boyd and Michael Fulmer start on their normal four days' rest Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, in Kansas City. That will afford seven days of rest between starts for Liriano, though it comes with the misfortune of matching up against one of baseball's top offenses in a hitter-friendly environment at Yankee Stadium.
Liriano (3-9) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks over 5.1 innings to take the loss Wednesday against the Cubs. He struck out three.
Liriano has now lost his past four starts, a stretch in which he's posted a 6.88 ERA across 17 innings of work. On the bright side, the veteran lefty made it into the sixth inning for the first time since July 4. He'll look to avoid loss No. 10 in his next outing, which is scheduled for Tuesday in Kansas City.
Liriano (3-8) allowed eight runs (four earned) in just 1.2 innings to take the loss Thursday against the Twins. He gave up five hits and three walks, while striking out one.
For the second time in as many starts, Liriano took a loss against Minnesota. The veteran lefty wasn't done any favors with the four unearned runs, but he didn't pitch well either. After a good start to the season, Liriano has regressed as expected, and he now carries a 4.72 ERA. He'll look to turn it around in his next outing, which is scheduled for Wednesday against the Cubs, but Liriano is very hard to trust at this point.
Liriano (3-7) took the loss to the Twins on Saturday, giving up three runs in five innings on six hits and four walks. He struck out three.
Liriano's 4.42 seems innocent enough, but it's supplemented by gag-inducing rates of 7.2 K/9 and 5.2 BB/9 in 18 starts. The southpaw is simply eating innings at this point as the Tigers play out the string, and he'll face these same Twins on Thursday at Target Field.
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