Right-hander Ronald Belisario has elected to enter the free agent market, rather than accept an outright assignment to Triple-A according to a report by Scott Merkin of MLB.com. The club confirmed the move soon after.
Belisario was outrighted by the White Sox and declared free agency rather than accepting the assignment
— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) November 28, 2014
RHP Ronald Belisario has been outrighted and declared free agency rather than accepting the assignment. He is now a free agent.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) November 28, 2014
In 66.1 innings pitched for the Chicago White Sox last season, Belisario finished with a 5.56 ERA in 62 appearances. His 47/18 K/BB ratio is not very impressive, but his 2.4 BB/9 rate, and a 59.3% ground ball rate suggest that he was unlucky last season. His 3.54 FIP certainly suggests that.
Belisario was removed from the closer role by the White Sox in late June and opted to go to a committee of closers. He was designated for assignment by Chicago on November 20th.
Belisario’s best season came in 2012 with the Dodgers when he finished with a 2.54 ERA over 71 innings pitched. Belisario’s stuff is built for the back end of the bullpen, and which ever team signs him hopes that he can return to his 2012 form.