The Blue Jays have signed Francisco Liriano (yes, that Francisco Liriano)

Old friend alert!

According to Rob Longley, the Blue Jays have inked pitcher Francisco Liriano to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training.

#Bluejays have just agreed to terms with LHP Francisco Liriano, per source. Will be a non roster invitee to training camp.
— Rob Longley (@longleysunsport) February 3, 2021

That’s right, Francisco Liriano is BACK. Party like it’s 2016!
As you’ll remember, the Jays acquired Liriano from the Pirates as a money-dump in 2016 to give the team some pitching depth during their playoff pitch. Liriano ended up pitching really well for the team and earned the W in the Blue Jays’ win over the Orioles in the Wild Card game.
He wasn’t quite as good in 2017, but the Jays managed to flip him to Houston in exchange for Teoscar Hernandez. Liriano would end up winning a World Series with the Astros.
Liriano didn’t pitch in 2020, but posted a 3.47 ERA over 70 innings (all in relief) with the Pirates in 2019 with 63 strikeouts and 35 walks.
So, what’s going on here?
The Blue Jays have five left-handed pitchers on their 40-man roster. Robbie Ray is slated to be a starter, Kirby Yates is likely the closer, Ryan Borucki …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation