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Pirates rumored to be signing Radhames Liz

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This is still very much in the "rumor" stage, and I decided not to post about it last night, but there's probably enough smoke now that it warrants a mention. The Pirates have reportedly agreed to terms with pitcher Radhames Liz on a two-year, $3 million deal. First, the @MyKBO account (which deals with Korean baseball) tweeted it, and then another account out of the Dominican confirmed it separately. Then, this morning, C.J. Nitkowski of FOX Sports tweeted that Liz had agreed to a deal with an NL team. The Pirates have not yet confirmed the signing, so feel free to take all this with a grain of salt right now, but that grain of salt is getting bigger.

Anyway, Liz, a 31-year-old righty, pitched parts of three seasons with the Orioles but hasn't appeared in the big leagues since 2009. From 2011-2013, he got good results in three seasons with the LG Twins in Korea, and then last year he pitched well for Double-A New Hampshire in the Blue Jays system before struggling with his control in Triple-A. He then got great results this winter in the Dominican. If the Pirates have agreed to terms with him, though, they would be signing him not primarily because of his results, but because of his stuff. Liz threw into the mid-90s with the Orioles, and the report from the Dominican says he's throwing 95-96 MPH now. Stay tuned.