Cardinals sign righty reliever Belisle to one-year deal
ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals added experience and depth to their bullpen by signing right-hander Matt Belisle to a one-year contract, the club announced Tuesday.
Belisle, 34, posted a 4.87 ERA in 66 games with the Rockies in 2014. He has proven to have a durable arm, having appeared in 70 games in four of the past five seasons. A 6-foot-4, 225-pounder, Belisle relies on a fastball-slider repertoire, with a fastball that averaged 91.6 mph last season.
He spent the past six seasons with the Rockies, and had a 4.07 ERA at Coors Field and a 3.68 mark on the road. Belisle doesn’t strike out a lot of hitters (6.86 per nine innings for his career) but he doesn’t walk many, either (2.18 per nine).
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Cardinals will pay Belisle a base salary of $3.5 million. He made a base of $4.25 million in the third year of a three-year deal with the Rockies last season.
The Cardinals remain in the market for left-handed relief help.