Sources told The Athletic that Liriano's deal includes an invitation to spring training, and he can earn $1.8 million if he makes the MLB roster. The contract also has $1.5 million in incentives.
The 35-year-old Liriano pitched for the Detroit Tigers last season. He posted a 5-12 record with a 4.58 ERA in 133 2/3 innings pitched (26 starts).
Liriano played previously with the Pirates from 2013-16. He was 41-36 with a 3.67 ERA in 107 starts during his time with the team.
OFFICIAL: The Pirates today agreed to terms on a minor league contract with LHP Francisco Liriano, which includes an invitation to big league camp.— Pirates (@Pirates) February 5, 2019
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Liriano is 107-111 with a 4.18 ERA in his 13-season MLB career. The Pirates expect Liriano to compete for a spot in the club's bullpen as a reliever.