The Sports Xchange, a news wire service that provides news to various outlets, has an update on Liriano. Iíve seen the exact same story in several newspapers in search results, but first noticed it today in Yahoo. The latest holdup, according to the report, is on that minor league deal.
The holdup now appears to be that the Pirates want to sign Liriano to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training and a legitimate chance to make the rotation. However, Liriano is said to at least want one guaranteed year with an option for 2014.
This is a very unique situation, and because of that, itís very messy. If Liriano agreed to a minor league deal, that would make it possible to reduce his pay based on time he missed from the injury. However, Iím not sure that you can do a two-year minor league deal, and a minor league deal definitely doesnít guarantee any salary.