The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Wednesday that RHP Radhames Liz has cleared waivers and was outrighted to Indianapolis. If he declined the assignment to Indianapolis, he would have lost the remainder of his $1M guaranteed contract.

Liz pitched 11 times for the Pirates, posting a 3.63 ERA and 1.73 WHIP, with 18 strikeouts over 17.1 innings. The Pirates designated him for assignment back on May 25th when Charlie Morton was activated from the disabled list.

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  1. What does the fact that not one other MLB team felt Liz was worth a waiver claim – with so many teams with bullpen issues – say about what the general opinion is of Liz? His track record in MLB prior to 2015 was not very good.

    I do hope he does well in Indy, so he could be a viable option later this year, if injuries occur in the bullpen. Now, can we replace Bastardo with a better LH option?

    • Not dis-similar to Mazzaro’s situation. I suspect Liz will function as “way down the depth chain” and then accept ML free agency.

      • Mazzaro at least had a respectable and recent track record, which made him not being claimed rather odd. He’s been pitching well for the Marlins this year.

        • mazzaro- pretty much always pitched well, other teams just don’t like making waiver claims on any relief pitcher whom isn’t a set up or closer, making a million bucks. I think its stupid, but i’m not a gm

    • Just curious: What does the opinion of the other teams have to do with this? I think it’s good this happened, no? We maintain depth with a power arm… And- which power MLB lefty would you like the GM to pull out of a hat to replace bastardo?

      • It means the Pirates are the only team that wanted him on their major league roster. The same can be said about Tabata, no other team wanted him and his chicken feed salary.

  2. This is basically the best-case scenario. There’s talent there, and the Pirates are good at getting the most out of flawed by talented pitchers. Maybe they’ll find a tweak in AAA that will get him going.

  3. They must’ve felt pretty certain he would clear waivers. I was skeptical but I guess no other thought a WHIP that high was worth his remaining price tag. Good for the Bucs.

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