Pirates sign Francisco Liriano to minor league deal

PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 08: Francisco Liriano #47 of the Pittsburgh Pirates pitches in the first inning during the game against the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park on July 8, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH– The Pirates have brought back a familiar face to compete for a spot in the team’s starting rotation.

The team announced Monday that it has signed SP Francisco Liriano to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training.

Liriano, 35, pitched for the Pirates from 2013-2016 when he was sent to the Toronto Blue Jays in a trade deadline deal.

In 2018, Liriano started 26 games for the Detroit Tigers, and went 5-12 with a 4.58 ERA.

The Pirates are hoping Liriano will return to the form he displayed after being traded to Toronto, in which he put up a 2.92 ERA in nearly 50 innings.

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