December 10, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Right-handed reliever Juan Nicasio has agreed to a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, one week after he was cut by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 29-year-old Nicasio with 1-3 with a 3.86 ERA and one save for the Dodgers this year in 52 relief appearances and one start, striking out 65 in 58 1/3 innings. He held right-handed hitters to a .226 batting average (35 for 155).

Nicasio is 22-25 with a 4.88 ERA and one save in five big league seasons with Colorado (2011-14) and the Dodgers (2015). He has made 70 starts and 71 relief appearances.

''Juan Nicasio is an experienced pitcher with the pitch repertoire and versatility to fill a variety of roles on our pitching staff,'' Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Thursday. ''He had a strong season pitching primarily as a relief pitcher last year and we look forward to Juan's impact on our major league club.''

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