According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pittsburgh Pirates have put a hold on their deal with Francisco Liriano, who they signed to a two-year deal worth $12.75 million in December. Basically, Liriano seems to have injured his right (non-throwing) arm around Christmas time. From Biertempfel’s article:

“Citing medical privacy laws, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington declined to reveal either the nature or extent of Liriano’s injury. “We continue to have dialogue with Francisco’s (agent), but there is nothing to announce at this time,” Huntington said.”

This would be a huge blow to the Pirates’ offseason. Between trading Joel Hanrahan to the Boston Red Sox and potentially not having Liriano at full strength, I would say this team is marginally improved at best, and maybe they’re just around the same talent level they had in 2012 (don’t forget about the Russell Martin signing). We will be sure to update this story as more details become available.