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 Post subject: Pirates to break the bank for Radhames Liz?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:23 pm 
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http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/11 ... -deal.html

Posted By John Dreker on Nov 19, 2014

UPDATE 3:30 PM: A source outside of the Pirates’ organization, who is currently in the Dominican Republic, says that there are no mixed reports down there about the Pirates signing Liz. Every report out of the Dominican Republic has Liz signing with the Pirates. I also received word from a reliable source that he is flying into Pittsburgh tonight, so the possible reason we aren’t hearing confirmation is that the contract is just agreed on and possibly the signing/physical is keeping it from being official.
For what it’s worth, FOX Sports has the deal listed as a minor league deal on their transaction page and that it’s official. Liz reportedly turned down a 2/3M contract out of Japan and a contract from Korea that could have paid as much as $2.2M for one year if he reached all the incentives. Plus we heard that a total of 11 teams from three countries were showing interest, so the dollar amount for the deal makes sense. This obviously isn’t the same pitcher that struggled for three seasons in Baltimore.

UPDATE 11:45 AM: A couple more notes while we wait for confirmation. There are multiple new reports out of the Dominican claiming he is signing with the Pirates. One pointed out that the Pirates just signed Gustavo Nunez from the same winter league team yesterday. Liz has been scratched from his start tonight. Word is that 11 teams from three different countries were showing interesting, including at least three major league teams. The Diamondbacks were one of the teams mentioned.

11:19 PM: A credible source out of Korea is reporting that the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed 31-year-old right-handed pitcher Radhames Liz for two years/$3M. Liz had hit 100 MPH in the past, so he is a big arm, but he hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2009. He reportedly had offers this off-season in Japan for over $1M for one season and three MLB teams were showing interest. Liz spent part of 2014 in the minors with the Toronto Blue Jays. He is currently in the Dominican Republic pitching winter ball, where he has a 1.90 ERA, 29 strikeouts and a .195 BAA in 23.2 innings. More on this shortly as we are working to confirm it.

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 Post subject: Re: Pirates to break the bank for Radhames Liz?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:37 pm 
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I have never heard of this guy in my life. I googled his name and I see why :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates to break the bank for Radhames Liz?
PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 8:51 pm 
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Well, after also looking him up, I understand what you mean, Luca. Sheeeeeesh.


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates to break the bank for Radhames Liz?
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Nutting going all in again. :lol:
Rumor has it his next target is Leon "Bull" Durham.

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 Post subject: Re: Pirates to break the bank for Radhames Liz?
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All kidding aside, I sincerely hope this guy is not Frank Liriano's replacement.

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 Post subject: Re: Pirates to break the bank for Radhames Liz?
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Bling Collector Ben wrote:
All kidding aside, I sincerely hope this guy is not Frank Liriano's replacement.


If this offseason turns Martin into Cervelli, and Cisco into a boy named Liz, the Steelers better go ahead and start training camp in mid-June next season.


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates to break the bank for Radhames Liz?
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No real risk if the number is three million.


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates to break the bank for Radhames Liz?
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Ice wrote:
Bling Collector Ben wrote:
All kidding aside, I sincerely hope this guy is not Frank Liriano's replacement.


If this offseason turns Martin into Cervelli, and Cisco into a boy named Liz, the Steelers better go ahead and start training camp in mid-June next season.



Exactly, and as Pirates fans we need to be weary of it.


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 Post subject: Re: Pirates to break the bank for Radhames Liz?
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shamtown wrote:
No real risk if the number is three million.

Maybe for some, that's the real issue...no real risk!

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 Post subject: Re: Pirates to break the bank for Radhames Liz?
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It's a little early to panic guys....

Hasn't Huntington earned ANY TRUST with you for the past 5 years? The guy is like a fucking magician in finding undervalued talent.

I know -- none of us trust THE NUT, but I do trust in Huntington as a GM.

Hopefully the Nut will open his moth-ridden wallet this offseason and sign a legit batter for one of the corners.


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