Report: Liriano may accept Pirates’ QO

Since the current collective bargaining agreement went into effect three seasons ago, no free agent has accepted a qualifying offer from his previous club.

That may change this year, as Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweeted Sunday afternoon that, according to sources, Francisco Liriano is still considering a qualifying offer from Pittsburgh among his free agency options.

On Nov. 3, the Pirates extended the one-year, $15.3 million offer to two of their free agents, Liriano and catcher Russell Martin, who is expected to decline his. The deadline to accept is 5 p.m. ET Monday.

Liriano has spent the last two seasons with the Pirates, earning a total of $9 million. He was 7-10 with with a 3.38 ERA though 29 starts in 2014.

— Chad Thornburg

1 Comment

Wish I could turn down fifteen million-plus just to be a .lifetime 259 hitter at the catching position. Who does Russell think he is, Johnny Bench? Anyone who offers him that much more can expect him to take it, then go back to hitting between .211 and .250 as he did the five seasons before last.

Free Agency: Ruining baseball since it’s inception. >(

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