The Chicago White Sox bolstered their bullpen on Thursday with the signing of former Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Ronald Belisario.
Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that the White Sox signed Belisario to a one year contract worth $3 million. Belisario became a free agent after the pitcher was not tendered a contract by the Dodgers on Monday.
In 68 innings with the Dodgers last season, Belisario posted an ERA of 3.97 to go along with a WHIP of 1.47. Belisario’s xFIP would indicate that the relief pitcher was slightly better than his ERA would indicate last season as the 31-year old relief pitcher had an xFIP of 3.83 in 2013.
2013 appeared to be a down year for Belisario as both his ERA and xFIP were higher than his career averages. For his career, Belisario possesses an ERA of 3.29 and a xFIP of 3.59. White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper will likely get Belisario back in line with his career averages.
Belisario’s desire to work with Cooper is what led the reliever to signing with the White Sox. Before signing with the White Sox, the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Angels expressed interest in the Belisario.
Belisario is joining a bullpen that struggled in 2013. It would appear that Belisario will serve as a late-inning reliever to go along with Matt Lindstrom.
Upon taking a physical, Belisario’s deal with the White Sox will become official.