Monday, February 11, 2013

Francisco Liriano Gave Himself a Lump of Coal for Xmas--and a Broken Arm

When it comes time to sign your next contract in professional sports you typically want to make sure that you are in the best shape you can be. Injured? Deal with it and get healthy.

Whatever you do, you don't do anything stupid that could impact the value of your contract. If your a shortstop known for stealing bases you probably do not want to go skydiving and risk a fractured ankle by possibly landing on wrong.

If anything, you go above and beyond to make sure that nothing bad happens. One stupid, unfortunate accident can mean the difference between a multi-million dollar deal and a league minimum deal.

Just ask Francisco Liriano about it.

An off-season addition to the Pittsburgh Pirates starting rotation, the veteran left-hander was initially penned to a two-year, $12.75 million deal. Then he broke his arm and that contract shrank down to a single season contract with just a million guaranteed.

To add insult to injury, he has only himself to blame. It was initially reported that he fell in the bathroom. The truth of the matter is that he was trying to spook his kids on Christmas and broke out when he banged it on a door.

If there was a Darwin Award for sports injuries he would be a contestant.

Lucky for him the Pirates are kind of nice. They are willing to let him earn back the money in the original contract if he meets certain benchmarks.

Guaranteed money is better, but the chance to earn it is still better than nothing!

There has been no word that I can find if he actually succeeded in spooking his kids or not. I imagine that if the noise of him banging on the door didn't do it, seeing Dad in pain after breaking his arm might have done it.

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