MLB notebook: Pirates still interested in Liriano
As the Pirates slog through an on-again, off-again courtship of free-agent pitcher Francisco Liriano, general manager Neal Huntington was noncommittal Friday about the likelihood of reaching a deal before the start of spring training.
“The process continues,” Huntington said. “We have ongoing conversations. I'm not an oddsmaker, so I don't know if it is likely or unlikely that we will add another pitcher.”
Huntington refused to comment further.
The sides agreed in mid-December on a two-year deal, but the Pirates backed away after Liriano broke his upper right (non-pitching) arm at his home in the Dominican Republic before the contract was finalized.
The injury makes it unlikely Liriano would be ready for the start of spring training — pitchers and catchers report Feb. 11 — or even by the April 1 season opener.
The Pirates still want to add Liriano, but they would prefer to restructure the deal. Yahoo! Sports reported Friday that the Pirates want to sign Liriano to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training instead of giving him a major league deal with a guaranteed salary.
Liriano reportedly wants at least a one-year big league contract with an option for 2014.
Huntington declined to comment on the report. Liriano's agent, Greg Genske, did not return a phone call.
Around the horn
The Red Sox signed former Pirates first baseman Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract, according to an official with knowledge of the deal. If he makes the Boston roster out of spring training, Overbay would share duties with Mike Napoli. Overbay is a career .270 hitter with 133 homers and 581 RBIs. ... The Mets agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder Marlon Byrd, who served a 50-game suspension last season after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug while a free agent. Byrd, 35, an NL All-Star in 2010, hit .210 in 47 games for Boston and Chicago last season. ... Travis Hafner and the Yankees agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract. Limited by injuries the past five seasons, the 35-year-old gives the Yankees a designated hitter with power potential from the left side.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- MLB notebook: Brewers reliever Smith suspended 8 games for using foreign substance on arm
- MLB notebook: Rose’s role at All-Star Game remains undetermined
- MLB notebook: Posada calls out former teammates for steroid use
- MLB notebook: Dodgers sign Cuban INF to 6-year, $62.5M deal
- MLB notebook: Giants activate OF Pence from disabled list