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The southpaw agreed to a two-year deal on Dec. 21, but never underwent a mandatory physical. He reportedly injured his non-throwing arm earlier that month.
As of last week, the Pittsburgh Pirates were still speaking with Francisco Liriano's agent, tweets Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Looks like the front office grew impatient.
Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Jeff Karstens will re-join the club.
Dealt to Pittsburgh in 2008, he spent parts of five seasons in the rotation prior to being non-tendered this winter. Karstens went 5-4 with a 3.97 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 19 appearances last summer. Biertempfel writes that the Pirates will pay him $2.5 million.
The team expects to slot Karstens behind A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez and James McDonald.
It's tough to imagine Liriano getting the final spot over cheap internal candidates like Jeff Locke, Kyle McPherson and newly-signed Jeanmar Gomez. Each of them gained MLB experience in 2012.