Francisco Liriano Newsbeat
Sunday, August 07, 2016
The Pirates were delayed in announcing the Liriano trade as they struggled to reach a player involved in the trade.
“Because of the delay with the Liriano announcement, we weren’t able to articulate ‘the why’ early in the process,” Huntington said. “Many people jumped to incorrect conclusions. Our primary motivation was to acquire Drew Hutchison. ... Instead, it came out that we moved two prospects to move Liriano’s contract. Now I can’t tell you that wasn’t a part of the motivation, but the primary motivation was to acquire a quality pitcher.”
“We understand even if we’d been the first voice heard, there would still be speculation that we were not being truthful, that we were not being forthright in what our motivation was. But because we were essentially the last voice heard, the perception was already built. ... Opinion becomes fact when it gets repeated enough.”
Huntington said the Pirates were motivated by events months earlier, when the club was surprised by the price for pitching last offseason.
“We recognize there is a scarcity in the affordable starting-pitching market,” Huntington said. “Mediocre pitching is getting paid a lot of money. As we look forward, whether it’s the trade market or free agent market, the challenge of acquiring quality, controllable, productive starting pitching ... is hard to do.”
Monday, August 01, 2016
They were busy.
Toronto general manager Ross Atkins acquired starting pitcher Francisco Liriano and a prospect from the Pittsburgh Pirates according to news reports. The Blue Jays are sending Drew Hutchison to the Pirates, reports say.
Also joining the Blue Jays is Scott Feldman, acquired from the Houston Astros for Guadalupe Chavez, an 18-year-old pitcher from Mexico.
Reliever Jesse Chavez, who had an up-and-down season after being acquired from Oakland in the offseason, was also traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Mike Bolsinger.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Liriano and the Pirates catchers aren’t doing too well.
The Pirates pushed back Liriano’s start to Saturday, in part to allow him extra time to work on fixing some mechanical issues with pitching coach Ray Searage. Liriano entered with an unsightly 5.25 ERA, which was actually third best among Pirates starters.
Searage said he saw progress from Liriano in bullpen work over the last week. He said the focus was slowing down his “front-side” energy — in essence, Liriano was getting too quick in his delivery, making his timing and release point “erratic.”
But he was still not all the way back in dominant form. Liriano was outpitched by Carlos Martinez, who limited the Pirates to one run and five hits in 8 1⁄3 innings. He threw 122 pitches, and most were of high quality. He hit 100 mph.
“I feel a lot better than last time,” Liriano said. “The (rhythm) is getting better. … I’m trying to stay calm, not trying to do too much.”
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