The Red Sox are expected to sign reliever Ronald Belisario, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. It’s not known yet whether the deal will be a major league or a minor league deal, but the latter is more likely.
Belisario was designated for assignment by the Rays at the end of June and elected free agency last Sunday. In eight innings this year for the Rays, the 32-year-old right-hander allowed seven runs on eight hits and four walks with six strikeouts. He spent most of his season at Triple-A Durham, where his numbers were much better.
We often take intentional walks for granted. Four tosses to the catcher. How hard can it be? Pretty hard, at least sometimes. Take it away, Ronald Belisario:
One the the potential pace-of-play rule changes that was tested in the Arizona Fall League last year was that pitchers wouldn’t have to throw four pitches to issue an intentional walk. Who knows if or when that will make it to MLB, but it would rob of us moments like this. Sure, 99 times out of 100, it’s uneventful and boring. But that one keeps you on your toes. I promise the next time your favorite team’s pitcher starts his four tosses to the catcher, you are going to be more paranoid than normal.
Spring training injuries, man.
Chris Sale broke his foot stepping off his truck, Ronald Belisario broke his shoulder getting out of a swimming pool, and now there’s this from new Pirates outfielder/first baseman Corey Hart:
Hart is attempting to resurrect his career on a one-year deal as a part-timer in Pittsburgh and was already trying to remodel his game with less speed following multiple knee surgeries.
According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Rays reliever Ronald Belisario will miss the start of the season due to a fractured left (non-throwing) shoulder. He suffered the injury about a month ago while getting out of a swimming pool. That’s a new one.
Belisario joined the Rays on a minor league deal over the winter and appeared to have a decent chance to make the Opening Day roster, but he’s now shut down from doing anything on the field for the next two weeks. It’s unclear when he could be ready for game action.
Belisario, 32, posted a 5.56 ERA and 47/18 K/BB ratio over 66 1/3 innings with the White Sox last season.
With reliever Ronald Belisario’s deal with the Blue Jays having fallen through, the Rays took the opportunity to snap him up and sign him to a minor league deal, per Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Topkin adds that the Rays are likely to add infielder Alexi Casilla on a minor league deal as well. Both are expected to compete for major league jobs during spring training.
Belisario, 32, spent last season with the White Sox, finishing with a 5.56 ERA and a 47/18 K/BB ratio in 66 1/3 innings. He was effective out of the bullpen in the previous two seasons with the Dodgers, however.
Casilla, 30, has a career .633 OPS over parts of nine seasons in the major leagues. He appeared in only one game for the Orioles last season, spending most of the year with Triple-A Norfolk.