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MLB roundup: Pirates keep Liriano for $39M

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[December 13, 2014]  The Sports Xchange
 The Pittsburgh Pirates finalized an agreement with pitcher Francisco Liriano on a three-year, $39 million contract Friday.

The Pirates retained the free-agent left-hander who turned down their one-year, $15.1 million qualifying offer in November.

In 55 starts over the past two seasons, Liriano, 31, has is 23-18 with a 3.20 ERA and 338 strikeouts in 323 innings.

"It speaks to the culture we've created," general manager Neal Huntington said of giving Liriano the richest offer in team history. "It speaks to the man in Francisco. He enjoyed being a Pirate. He's comfortable. He wants to compete and win."

Liriano is ticketed to be the Pirates' No. 1 starter ahead of Gerrit Cole and A.J. Burnett.

---The Texas Rangers acquired left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler from the Washington Nationals for two minor-leaguers.

The Rangers sent infielder Chris Bostick and right-hander Abel De Los Santos to Washington in exchange for Detwiler, who is expected to join the Rangers' rotation.

Detwiler, 28, pitched in 47 games as a reliever in 2014, compiling a 4.00 ERA in 63 innings.

Bostick, 21, hit .251 with 11 home runs and 62 RBIs in 130 games with high Class A Myrtle Beach in 2014.

De Los Santos, 22, went 5-3 with a 1.92 ERA and eight saves in 41 appearances with low Class A Hickory and Myrtle Beach.

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---The Boston Red Sox signed right-hander Justin Masterson to a one-year, $9.5 million deal Thursday night.

Masterson, 29, had his best season in 2013 when he went 14-10 with a 3.45 ERA. The Indians traded Masterson to the Cardinals in July, but a rib-cage injury forced his numbers to plummet in St. Louis.


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