Toronto Blue Jays, Ronald Belisario Progressing Towards Deal

The Toronto Blue Jays are reportedly making progress on a deal with right-handed relief pitcher Ronald Belisario, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. A deal is not finalized, though, but a deal appears to be close.

The 32-year-old right-hander is mostly a fastball/slider pitcher and uses his large size (6’3″, 240lbs) to his advantage. His fastball clocks in the low to mid 90s, averaging out at 93.9 mph last season. Belisario, who was designated for assignment by the Chicago White Sox in November to make room on the 40-man roster for left-handed pitcher Onelki Garcia, has previous had closing experience in the past, but would better be used as a middle reliever or a late-inning guy, which he has been over his five-year career.

He’s coming off a bit of a rough season with the White Sox in 2014, going 4-8 with a 5.56 ERA and eight saves in 62 appearances. Over his five-year major-league career, Belisario has pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox. In 331 and 1/3 innings pitched in his career, he has pitched to a 24-20 record, along with a 3.75 ERA and 12 saves in 335 games pitched out of the bullpen.

Belisario is one of many decent relievers left on the open market, including fellow pitchers Francisco Rodriguez, Rafael Soriano, Alexi Ogando, Burke Badenhop and John Axford.

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