LOS ANGELES -- Former Dodgers relief pitcher Juan Nicasio has found a new home, signing a one-year with the Pirates, the team announced today. The contract is worth $3 million, per Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Nicasio put up a 3.86 ERA in 53 games for the Dodgers in 2015 with one save, 65 strikeouts and 32 walks in 58⅓ innings, and held right-handed batters to hitting just .226/.298/.335.
But left-handers hit .348/.477/.493 against Nicasio in 2015, and put up a 4.64 ERA and 1.828 WHIP after the All-Star break, and was left off the Dodgers' roster for the National League Division Series against the Mets.
The Dodgers non-tedered Nicasio on Dec. 2, making him a free agent.
Nicasio, who made $2.3 million in 2015 with the Dodgers in 2015, was projected by MLB Trade Rumors in 2016 to make $3.1 million through salary arbitration. That he got nearly that amount on the open market makes it curious that the Dodgers weren't able to trade Nicasio, even for a fringe prospect that amounted to nothing more than a lottery pick.
But this isn't a Ronald Belisario-level misread. Belisario was non-tendered by the Dodgers after 2013, and within three days signed a $3 million deal with the White Sox, well above his estimated $2.3 million projection in arbitration.