PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pirates declined a $2.25 million club option on pitcher Radhames Liz on Thursday, who gets a $250,000 buyout.
Liz's contract specified if the team declined the option, he would be released.
The 32-year-old right-hander went 1-4 with a 4.24 ERA in 14 games as a reliever for Pittsburgh in 2015, his first season in the majors since appearing in two games for Baltimore in 2009.
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He gained his first victory in the majors in six years on April 23 when he pitched two scoreless innings of relief in a game against the Chicago Cubs. The right-hander struggled in his final appearance for Pittsburgh, allowing three runs in an extra inning loss to Milwaukee on Sept. 10.