Van Benschoten had informed the club earlier this offseason that he would be filing for free agency and exploring options elsewhere. He did not negotiate with the Pirates.
The 28-year-old starter ends his eight-year stint with the Pirates with a 2-13 record and a 9.20 ERA. He was the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2007 and compiled impressive career numbers -- 17-11 with a 3.14 ERA in 44 games (35 starts) -- with Triple-A Indianapolis.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.