Liriano agrees to $4 million, 1-year deal with Detroit Tigers

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Detroit agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with left-hander Francisco Liriano, giving the Tigers added pitching depth.
The 34-year-old was 6-7 with a 4.62 ERA in 18 starts last season with Toronto and 20 relief appearances with World Series champion Houston, which acquired him at the July 31 trade deadline. The 34-year old is 102-99 in a 12-year big league career.
Tigers general manager Al Avila said it has not been decided whether Liriano starts or pitches in relief.
Liriano pitched in Minnesota when new Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire managed the Twins.
Liriano can earn $1 million in performance bonuses based on starts.
“He’s a great kid,” Gardenhire said. “Just fantastic. He’ll fit in perfect here. He’s a worker.”
Liriano can earn $1 million in performance bonuses based on starts.
Notes: DH Victor Martinez, 39, is scheduled to play for first time in Saturday’s game against Toronto. He had a heart problem that cut his 2017 season short. . Miguel Cabrera made his debut Friday against the New York Yankees, and had an opposite-field single to right in two at-bats. Cabrera had off year last season, hitting .249 with 16 homers and 60 RBIs.