Blue Jays sign Francisco Liriano to minor-league deal with camp invite

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Francisco Liriano throws during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday, June 28, 2019, in Milwaukee. (Morry Gash/AP)

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed veteran starter Francisco Liriano to a minor-league deal with an invite to the team's spring training camp, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi can confirm.

Liriano will earn $1.5 million if he makes the team plus performance bonuses, Davidi reports.

The 37-year-old previously joined the Blue Jays on Aug. 1, 2016 in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Liriano went 2-2 after the deal, recording a 2.92 ERA and striking out 52 batters in 49.1 innings.

The following season, Liriano sported a 6-5 record with a 5.88 ERA before he was traded to the Houston Astros on July 31, 2017. Teoscar Hernandez notably joined Toronto in that deal as part of the return for Liriano.

Since leaving Toronto, Liriano played for the Astros, Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates. He joined the Philadelphia Phillies at camp ahead of the 2020 season on a minor-league contract, but was released in July.

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