By Jason Shetler
The Pirates have announced that they have declined their club option on Radhames Liz, which now makes him a free agent.
Liz inked a one-year deal with the Pirates last offseason worth $1 million, which as mentioned came with a club option for 2016. The once highly regarded pitching prospect began this past season in the Pirates bullpen, but was designated for assignment in May. After clearing waivers, Liz was pitching mostly in the AAA Indianapolis rotation, and was terrific, posting a 1.40 ERA along with a 1.06 WHIP and a 10.4 K/9 in 64.1 innings. He was recalled by the Pirates on September 1st. Two weeks later, he was DFA’d again when Vance Worley rejoined the club. In 14 appearances with the Pirates, Liz posted a 4.24 ERA with a 1.63 WHIP. Fielding Independent Pitching suggests that his ERA should have been higher at 4.98. Liz however still had an impressive average fastball velocity of 94.8, so he should be able to sign a minor league deal with another team in no time.