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Sunday, March 24, 2019

Pirates to add OF Cabrera, LHP Liriano to 25-man roster

The Pittsburgh Pirates will add veterans Melky Cabrera and Francisco Liriano to their Opening Day roster, the team announced Saturday.

Both players had been with the Pirates on minor-league deals during spring training. Pittsburgh is expected to clear at least one spot on its 40-man roster by placing right-hander Edgar Santana on the 60-day injured list.

Cabrera, 34, provides Pittsburgh with a switch-hitting option off the bench and an occasional starter at the corner outfield spots. He is a .286 lifetime hitter with 137 home runs and 807 RBIs in 1,754 career games with seven big-league teams.

No matter how bad the free-agent market, these two manage to make it through….

 

QLE Posted: March 24, 2019 at 07:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: francisco liriano, melky cabrera, pirates

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Francisco Liriano gets seven minor league contract offers on same day

We have been loath to throw out the c-word — collusion — when discussing the current labor strife in Major League Baseball. It is a claim that’s very hard to prove, even though there are multiple examples of teams colluding against players throughout baseball history.

However, as players have spoken up about their experiences in the free agent market, several have made observations that seem more than coincidental. Earlier this month, Cubs reliever Brad Brach said, “We talked to certain teams and they told us that, ‘We have an algorithm and here’s where you fall.’ … It’s just kind of weird that all offers are the same, they come around the same time. Everybody tells you there’s an algorithm.” Brach ultimately inked a one-year, $4.35 million contract with the Cubs which includes a 2020 club option.

Two days later, Rockies infielder Mark Reynolds said he went without a contract offer for weeks. One day, while he was out playing golf, he got a call from his agent who said he had four teams offering minor league deals on the same day. Reynolds ended up picking the Rockies.

Would that I could get seven job offers in a day, even if collusion is involved….

 

QLE Posted: February 27, 2019 at 07:24 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: collusion, contracts, francisco liriano

 

 

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