- Doug Mittler, ESPN Insider
A Foxsports.com report Monday said the Pittsburgh Pirates and free agent Francisco Liriano agreed to a revised version of the two-year, $12.75 million contract that went on hold when the lefthander injured his non-throwing arm in late December.
Rob Biertempfel of the Tribune Review says the sides are talking, but a deal is at least a few days away. One issue is the desire of the Bucs to keep payroll for the 40-man roster to around $70 million this year. The Pirates already have 12 players under contract for $62.7 million.
The Pirates have a little more leverage after re-signing right-hander Jeff Karstens to compete for a rotation spot. The Bucs are likely seeking some financial protection in case the injury to Liriano turns out to be a serious one.
Bill Brink of the Post-Gazette reports Wednesday the broken bone in Liriano's right arm is the humerus, the bone in the upper arm that connects the shoulder to the bones in the forearm. Brink says Liriano's absence could create an opportunity for Jeff Locke or Kyle McPherson to open the season in the rotation.