Blue Jays sign Ronald Belisario

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Right-hander Ronald Belisario and the Blue Jays have agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, with Shi Davidi of Toronto Sportsnet reporting that it’ll be worth $1.7 million if he makes the team.

Belisario was awful for the White Sox last season, allowing 46 runs in 66 innings, but he posted a 3.24 ERA in 139 innings for the Dodgers during the previous two seasons.

Toronto has clearly been looking for veteran bullpen help after losing Casey Janssen to free agency and the 32-year-old Belisario has a good chance to claim a middle relief role.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

Kobe Bryant
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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.