Report: White Sox bolster bullpen with Belisario

Report: White Sox bolster bullpen with Belisario
December 5, 2013, 7:15 pm
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The White Sox have reportedly added another steady arm to the bullpen as they agreed to a one-year deal with Ronald Belisario on Thursday.

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The right-hander, who became a free agent earlier this week when he was non-tendered by the Los Angeles Dodgers, is set to earn $3 million to pitch for the Sox next season, per a Chicago Tribune report. The deal is pending a physical. Belisario has a 3.29 career ERA in 273 games and went 5-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 77 appearances last season.

Belisario, 30, pitched in parts of four seasons with the Dodgers. He has 220 strikeouts in 265 innings.

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Even after the White Sox picked up Matt Lindstrom’s option earlier this offseason, they still found themselves short on experience in the bullpen. The team traded bullpen mainstays Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton last season leaving them with a rather inexperienced group of relievers.

Belisario gives manager Robin Ventura a fourth seasoned arm to join Lindstrom, closer Addison Reed and late-innings man Nate Jones. The White Sox could turn to several rookie options, including Daniel Webb, Jake Petricka, Charlie Leesman and others, to fill out the rest of their bullpen in 2014. The team also recently resigned left-hander David Purcey — who had a 2.13 ERA in 24 games for the Sox in ’13 — to a minor-league deal.