Radhames Liz designated for assignment


Radhames Liz has been designated for assignment, this as per Bill Brink of the Post-Gazette.

While it was very expected that Charlie Morton‘s return would necessitate a corresponding roster move, it is still a bit surprising to see that player to be Liz. In 11 appearances for the Pirates this season, Liz compiled a 3.63 ERA in 17.1 total innings of work. Working primarily as a long-reliever, Liz often found himself coming in in extra inning situations or blowouts. While Liz showed flashes of a classic power reliever with 18 strikeouts, it is perhaps his walk rate that has doomed him to this fate. Below is a game log of all of Liz’s appearances this year.

Apr 8CINL,4-50.211111013.508
Apr 12MILW,10-21.00001205.4010
Apr 21CHCL,8-91.02110216.7513
Apr 23CHCW,5-42.01000203.8616
Apr 28CHCL,2-63.02003202.3528
May 3STLL,2-32.15221213.6025
May 8STLL,5-81.02000003.279
May 14PHIL,2-43.02112313.2127
May 15CHCL,10-110.12112103.777
May 19MINL,5-82.02110203.8613
May 23NYMW,8-21.01000103.6310

As we can see here, Liz often felt the brunt of some tough walk off or late inning losses. Yet even considering this strikeout potential, it became clear to all that his walk rate and propensity for giving up the long ball made him a liability more often than not. With this news, Vance Worley figured to take over the role of long man in Liz’s stead. This comes after Clint Hurdle stated that Worley will be in the bullpen for the foreseeable future.

As David Todd points out, Liz’s contract may be too prohibitive for another team to take a chance on.

Next: Charlie Morton to make first start of 2015