Thursday the Blue Jays were said to be signing veteran reliever Ronald Belisario to a minor-league contract worth $1.7 million if he made the Opening Day roster, but now the team’s radio announcer, Mike Wilner, reports that the deal “has fallen through.”
According to Wilner the Blue Jays “won’t be signing” Belisario, who posted an ugly 5.56 ERA last season for the White Sox but was previously a solid middle reliever for the Dodgers.
Belisario, who turned 32 years old last month, has a 3.75 ERA in 331 career innings.
Right-hander Felipe Paulino has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Red Sox.
Paulino was once a young power with lots of upside, but injuries have repeatedly derailed his career. He missed all of 2013 following Tommy John elbow surgery and struggled in his comeback last season for the White Sox, logging just 18 innings.
Prior to the injuries Paulino had a mid-90s fastball and posted a 3.86 ERA with 172 strikeouts in 177 innings between 2011 and 2012, but at this point he’s just a no-risk flier.
Bryan LaHair, best known for making the All-Star team in 2012 for the Cubs as a 29-year-old career minor leaguer, has signed a minor-league deal with the Red Sox.
LaHair struggled mightily in the second half of 2012 and then never played in the majors again, spending 2013 in Japan and last season at Double-A for the Indians.
And he really struggled last year, hitting just .223 with five homers and a .627 OPS in 111 games. LaHair looks destined to go down as one of the least successful All-Stars of all time and he figures to be little more than Triple-A depth for Pawtucket.
Outfielder Daniel Nava and the Red Sox have agreed to a one-year, $1.85 million deal, avoiding arbitration.
Nava requested $2.25 million and the Red Sox countered at $1.3 million, so the two sides are settling slightly above the midpoint.
Nava was arbitration eligible for the first time following a season in which he rebounded from a bad first half by hitting .297 with a .765 OPS after the All-Star break. He’s slated for a part-time role this season.