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?
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Report: Blue Jays sign Joe Panik to minors pact with invite to big-league camp

According to Rob Longley of The Toronto Sun, the Blue Jays have signed former San Francisco Giants second baseman Joe Panik to a minor-league contract with an invitation to big-league spring training. Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet confirmed Longley’s report minutes later.
Panik, 29, has spent the majority of his career with San Francisco before being released in August 2019 and signing with the New York Mets. In 2019, he posted an OPS of .651 in 438 at-bats.

Per a source Jays have signed second baseman Joe Panik to a minor league deal with an invitation to the main camp.
— Rob Longley (@longleysunsport) January 18, 2020

In 682 career games, the Yonkers, New York native carries a cumulative slash line of .271/.334.384 with 38 home runs, 233 RBI, and 121 doubles. In addition, he won a Gold Glove Award in 2016 and was a member of the National League All-Star team in 2015. In a rather logical comparison, Andrew Stoeten of The Athletic called the signing a “Sogard type move”. Stoeten also adds that Panik played just under 10 innings of first base in 2018, seemingly eliminating any possibility that Panik will play first should he make the team.
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Author: Hayden Godfrey / Blue Jays Nation