Storylines: Pirates announce re-signing of Liriano
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Here are the stories from Friday, Dec. 12.
- The Pirates may have lost Russell Martin to free agency, but they were able to retain their other top free agent, as they announced on Friday the signing of Francisco Liriano to a three-year contract. Lirianoreportedly received a $39 million guarantee. As Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review noted, this deal would become the largest free agent contract in club history. For an organization that has seen its fortunes change over the last two years, the investment in a major free agent represents both a continuation and departure.
News and Notes:
- The Red Sox officially added lefty Wade Miley in a trade with the Diamondbacks, the teams announced yesterday. Right-handers Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster, along with infielder Raymel Flores, make up the return for the D'Backs. Miley was the source of several rumors during the Winter Meetings, with the Rangers, Marlins and Blue Jays all with varying levels of interest in the southpaw. He'll be under team control through 2017.
- Veteran right-hander LaTroy Hawkins announced yesterday morning on MLB Network's Hot Stove show that the 2015 season will be the last of his lengthy career. The soon-to-be 42-year-old posted a 3.31 ERA with 23 saves, 5.3 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9 in 54 1/3 innings for the Rockies last season. While he may not get the Mariano Rivera farewell tour, Hawkins has appeared in 1000 games (currently 16th all-time) dating back to 1995. Selected by the Twins in the seventh round of the 1991 draft, Hawkins could move into the top 10 of all-time in terms of career appearances with a full, healthy season.
- The Astros made a significant investment in their 2015 bullpen, announcing a three-year deal with reliever Luke Gregerson on Friday. Houston had been pursuing several angles to add one more more late-inning relievers and reportedly came to an agreement on the $18.5 million pact with Gregerson at this week's Winter Meetings. Gregerson gets $6 million in 2015 followed by $6.25 million salaries in the next two years of the deal. The deal includes incentives that could boost its value to $21 million. Specifically, Gregerson's 2016 and 2017 salaries will increase by $250,000 for reaching 45, 50, 55 and 57 games finished the previous season. If he finishes 100 games from 2015-16, his 2017 salary jumps an additional $500,000.
- Already having added Luke Gregerson, the Astros announced on Friday the signing of fellow right-handed reliever Pat Neshek. He received a $12.5 million guarantee over two years, with an option for a third. Neshek will take home $5.5 million next year and $6.5 million in 2015, with a $500,000 buyout of the club option. The option's value will land between $6.5 million and $9 million, escalating based upon games finished.
- Despite the fact that they've struck a deal to acquire Matt Kemp from the division-rival Dodgers, the Padres remain interested in adding Justin Upton to fill their other corner outfield slot, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman. Bowman heard that the Friars are still among the teams with interest and adds that he wouldn't be shocked to see both Kemp and Upton in San Diego next year.
- The Padres asked the Dodgers about A.J. Ellis in Matt Kemp trade talks but weren't able to get him in the deal, according to MLB.com's Corey Brock. As Brock noted, Clayton Kershaw may not have been pleased to see Ellis traded away, as he prefers throwing to his longtime teammate.
- Justin Masterson said that the Rangers were one of several claims to make him an offer before he signed with the Red Sox, the Herald's Scott Lauber reported. That offer was for $6 million in guaranteed money, WEEI.com's Rob Bradford reported.
- The Padres made a one-year offer to free agent righty Brandon Morrow, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported. The offer includes significant incentives.