Radhames Liz clears waives, outrighted to Triple-A


As Rob Biertempfel reported earlier this afternoon, Radhames Liz has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Triple-A affiliate, the Indianapolis Indians.

Liz was placed on waivers back on May 25th when the team activated Charlie Morton off of the disabled list. If another team did not put a claim in on Liz within a ten-day window, he would clear. At the time, a roster spot had to be cleared for Morton, and it came as a surprise to some that Liz was the one to be designated for assignment. Rob Scahill had options remaining so he could have been designated without being placed on waivers. Antonio Bastardo was another option to be designated, but his contract may have been more prohibitive than Liz’s. Bastardo is making $3.1 million this season, while Liz is making just $1 million this season. That $1 million salary, however, could have been a deterrent to other teams in the waiver process.

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Before being designated for assignment, Liz had a 3.63 ERA over 17.1 innings pitched with 18 strikeouts and 10 walks. He could and probably will see time in the majors again at some point this season, but was the victim of a deep bullpen for the Pirates at the moment.

Liz will report to Indianapolis.

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