So Long, Ronald Belisario

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I’d been suggesting for a few days that it was no slam dunk that the Dodgers would tender a contract to Ronald Belisario, but even I didn’t expect that they’d actually take the step to cut him loose rather than pay him something like $2.3m in arbitration.

Tonight, that’s exactly what the Dodgers have done, announcing that Belisario was non-tendered after four seasons (over five years, of course) with the team. He was of course the height of inconsistency, putting up two good seasons (2009, 2012), one lousy (2010), and one mediocre (2013), while missing the 2011 campaign entirely.

He’s not someone you lose a lot of sleep over, of course, so I can’t get angsty about this either way. Still, the money is minimal for this team, and he didn’t allow an earned run in 58 of his 77 appearances (not, of course, that this is always the best way to judge a reliever). It’s still possible that he returns, but probably unlikely; he’ll be pitching in the bigs for someone next year.

In the meantime, the 40-man-roster is now down to 34, and the only seemingly guaranteed members of the bullpen are Kenley Jansen, Chris Withrow, and Paco Rodriguez. (Sigh, fine, and Brandon League.) That’s a pretty talented young trio to start with, but both Withrow and Rodriguez still have something to prove in 2014. You’ll see guys like Jose Dominguez and probably Onelki Garcia and Yimi Garcia at some point, but with J.P. Howell and Brian Wilson free agents, there’s suddenly a lot of work to do in the bullpen.

Anyway, so long, Ronald. We’ll always have memories, like that time you missed an entire season due to drug issues, or all the times you were late to camp, or when you did this:

1808 comments
Jobu
Jobu

Hope Dodgers are among teams who have made offers to Infante

Infante has multiple offers, and it is believed other teams are more serious than Yankees.

3:55pm - 3 Dec 13

efb
efb

Does no one have inside sources anymore? 

Sangro Azul
Sangro Azul

So which is more probable: we deal Kemp or we sign cano???

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

One last thing. It has been fun playing around with all a yous today! And I still lurve Matt Kemp!

JoeyE
JoeyE

was hoping the rox would sign james because i've always wondered what he'd do in a full season at coors

DodgersFan
DodgersFan

Sherlock coming back January 1st

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

@efb its hard to have inside sources when they aint doin anything

TellMyWifeISaidHello
TellMyWifeISaidHello

Sounds reasonable. Now who wins the bid when multiple clubs bid the max is the question. I hope it is an open negotiation

Lobo
Lobo

@ JohnM Well I guess I have a real reason to be excited for New Year's then

Jobu
Jobu

Depends on whether we are serious about TANAKA, if not I could see the second being more probable than first

Jobu
Jobu

Screw Uribe get a younger 3B in Infante

Jobu
Jobu

Just not a good reason, but that is the way the Coors Fields breaks

Jobu
Jobu

There have been mixed signals on what happens in case of tie. If the max bid is as low as indicated ($20 mil) I cannot think why the pip sqweek teams should win. At that point the fair thing to do is make it open negotiation; the pip sqweeks were brought to the ball with the low max bid they shouldn't be handed the crown too

Tycho Blue
Tycho Blue

@PagansOedipalComplex @TellMyWifeISaidHello It should be negotiations, or put simply the player decides.  The player earns the right to accept, refuse and where to go.  This MLB shit makes me long for some good old fashioned free market soccer transfer window.