Monday is the deadline to accept qualifying offers and according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Francisco Liriano is still deciding if he will accept the Pittsburgh Pirates’ $15.3 million qualifying offer. He will wight several options as he looks towards his future in the Major League.
Sources: Liriano still deciding whether to accept #Pirates ‘ qualifying offer, considering “several options.”
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 9, 2014
Liriano is just one of 12 players who received the qualifying offer this year, everyone has until Monday at 5:00 PM Eastern Time to accept or decline. No player in the two-year history of these type of offers has accepted. By extending an offer, the teams ensure they will receiver their first-round compensation pick in next years MLB Draft, if the player signs elsewhere.
He should have no problem generating interest in the open market if he declines the Pirates’ offer after having a 3.38 ERA with 175 strikeouts in a total of 162 1/3 innings in the 2014 season. He has 4.7 wins above replacement in the last two seasons after reviving his career in Pittsburgh.
Liriano made his MLB debut in 2005 for the Twins. Through nine years with Minnesota (2005-2006, 2008-2012), Chicago White Sox (2012) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (2013-2014), Liriano has a career 76-72 win-loss record, 4.07 ERA, 1,184 strikeouts and a 1.33 WHIP. He was an All-Star in 2013, won Comeback Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013. He also pitched a no hitter on May 3, 2011 against the White Sox.