Pirates agree to 2-year, $3-million deal with Radhames Liz

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed right-handed pitcher Radhames Liz to a two-year, $3-million major-league deal to expand their pitching staff.

Liz was once respected as a top pitching prospect when he signed with the Baltimore Orioles in 2005. However, he has not pitched in the Major League Baseball since 2009. He joined the LG Twins of the Korea Baseball Organization in 2011.

The righty moved around from the Orioles, San Diego Padres, LG Twins, Toronto Blue Jays and now the Pirates.

On November 25, 2009, Liz was claimed off waivers by the Padres. He played in just the 2010 season with the Portland Beavers and put up a 8-8 record with a 4.83 ERA. However, he was released by the Padres on January 5,2011.

On January 7, 2011, he signed a contract with the LG Twins of the KBO. The flame-thrower led the league in strikeouts in 2013, which attracted teams from the MLB. Because of the success in the KBO, many believed Liz was the pitcher that he once was.

That is why the Blue Jays signed him on March 8, 2014. He was assigned to Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. He started the season on the disabled list, but eventually put up a 2.95 ERA over 12 starts between the Blue Jays’ affiliates.

On November 21, 2014, the 31-year-old signed a MLB deal with the Pirates.

In three MLB stints, Liz has put up a 6-8 record with a 7.50 ERA in 28 games pitched and 21 started. He fashioned a 1.885 WHIP and strikeout 6.7 batters per nine innings. The reason the numbers are so rough are because he pitched 1.1 innings over two games and got rocked. He gave up 10 earned runs, one home run and two walks. His ERA was 67.50 in 2009 because of those 1.1 innings.  

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