The Chicago White Sox improved their bullpen yesterday when they signed free agent Ronald Belisario. The deal is worth $3 million and will keep the righty in Chicago for just one season. The change of scenery will be new for the 30-year-old as he’s only pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers during his professional four-year career.
Last season Belisario did a nice job over 77 games with LA. His 3.97 ERA was certainly respectable, but the 1.47 WHIP seems to indicate he was a bit lucky keeping runners from scoring. In the 68 innings he pitched, he sat down 49 hitters and was credited with 21 holds.
The move gives Rick Hahn and Robin Ventura some flexibility at the end of games. Addison Reed is entrenched as the closer and the club exercised the option on set-up man Matt Lindstrom’s contract. Where Belisario comes in is softening the blow created by Dylan Axelrod’s departure. Look for Donnie Veal to again be in the mix as well considering there just aren’t enough quality left-handed arms in the system at this point. Another possibility of adding depth here is via trade. The White Sox have a nice group of talented starters that can be had at the right price. Many pundits don’t like trading starters for relievers, but another reliable bullpen arm is probably on the Sox’s wish list which might make a deal more likely.
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