The Dodgers non-tendered reliever Ronald Belisario earlier this week, but it didn’t take him long to find a new home.
According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, Belisario has agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with the White Sox. He also drew interest from the Angels and Cubs during his brief time on the market.
One of the most surprising non-tenders from this year’s class, Belisario posted a 3.97 ERA and 49/28 K/BB ratio over 68 innings this past season. The 30-year-old right-hander had a 2.54 ERA in 68 appearances last year. The Dodgers might have done him a favor by letting him go, as MLB Trade Rumors projected his salary to rise to $2.3 million via arbitration.
Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips became the 337th player in baseball history to hit 200 career home runs, driving a solo home run to left-center field during Monday night’s home game against the Pirates. Phillips is the 14th second baseman (who played a min. of 75 percent of his career games at the position) to rack up at least 200 career home runs.
Phillips, 35, entered Monday’s action batting .290/.345/.405 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 142 plate appearances. If he’s anything, he’s consistent, as he finished with an adjusted OPS between 90-99 (100 is average) every year between 2012-16 and it was sitting at 97 coming into Monday.
Cubs center fielder Albert Almora, Jr. robbed Giants first baseman Brandon Belt of at least a double in the top of the first inning of Monday’s game at Wrigley Field. Almora completely left his feet to catch the ball before landing just shy of the warning track.
The Giants took the early lead two batters prior to Belt’s at-bat as Joe Panik hit a solo home run to center field.