There was not a lotÂ of buzz about the Pirates last night in the lobby of the Grand Hyatt, but, hey, it’s early. The Pirates want to re-up Francisco Liriano, but the stumbling block could be the number of years more than the dollars. They Pirates are skittish about making a four-year offer for a 31-year-old pitcher with a spotty injury history the past couple of years. Jason Hammels reportedly just got 2/$18M from the Cubs — is Liriano worth 4/$60M? We’ll see. The fact that Liriano is tied to draft-pick compensation could help the Pirates’ cause.
— If Jon Lester makes up his mind about soon which team’s logo will be on the hefty checks he’l cash the next few years, it should trigger a wave of pitcher signings. Until then, it’s a bit of a waiting game. GM Neal Huntington doesn’t necessarily believe a delay will hurt the Pirates’ chances of re-signing either Liriano orÂ Edinson Volquez. “We’re still awfully early in the offseason,” Huntington said a few days ago. “I don’t know that the longer it goes the worse our chances are. In some ways, it might make our chances better.” Continue Reading →