The 2021 Blue Jays continue to add pieces ahead of spring training and the 2021 season. Francisco Liriano, the 37-year old pitcher has agreed to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training. The agreement will pay Liriano $1.5 Million USD for the season.
2021 Blue Jays: Liriano Returns for Second Stint
Francisco Liriano is no stranger to the Toronto Blue Jays organization, as he agreed to a new deal that will see the left-handed pitcher return to Toronto. Francisco spent two seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2016 and 2017, where he had a record of 8-7 and a 4.77 ERA. The then 33-year old was eventually a part of the trade to the Houston Astros, the trade that brought Teoscar Hernandez to Toronto.
2021 Blue Jays: Francisco Liriano
The returning Blue Jays pitcher opted out of the 2020 season due to Covid-19 concerns. The Dominican native spent 2019 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, completing the season with a 5-3 record, and a 3.47 ERA in 69 games.
Francisco Liriano has spent his 14 seasons in MLB with six different teams. He began his career with the Minnesota Twins and has also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays, Houston Astros, and the Chicago White Sox.
During his 14-year career, the lefty has compiled a 112-114 record in 314 starts and holds a 4.15 ERA. The Toronto Blue Jays will allow Liriano the opportunity to compete for a spot in the bullpen, the Blue Jays are looking to add depth to their bullpen and Liriano could be a solid acquisition if he can return to his 2019 form.
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