Pirates expected to make push for Neshek

Now that the Pirates have accomplished their main offseason goal of re-signing starter Francisco Liriano, the club is expected to pursue free agent reliever Pat Neshek, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Neshek is coming off a dominant season in which he went 7-2 with a 1.87 ERA and a 0.79 WHIP over 71 appearances with the Cardinals. All of that came in a year in which he earned just $1 million after he had signed a Minor League contract with the Cards last February.

Fresh off his impressive 2014 campaign, the right-hander will undoubtedly be seeking a multi-year deal this time around. With Andrew Miller and David Robertson both off the boards, teams figure to start ramping up their pursuit of second-tier free agent relievers such as Neshek, Rafael Soriano, Francisco Rodriguez, Sergio Romo and Luke Gregerson.

— Paul Casella

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