White Sox sign reliever Ronald Belisario to 1-year, $3M deal
BY DARLY VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter December 5, 2013 8:10PM
Updated: December 5, 2013 8:14PM
A source confirmed that the White Sox have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with hard-throwing right-handed reliever Ronald Belisario.
Belisario, 30, has a 3.29 ERA over 273 games covering four seasons. He was 5-7 with a 3.97 ERA for the Dodgers last season, appearing in a team-high 77 games.
The Dodgers did not tender a contract to Belisario, who figured to earn more than $2 million in arbitration next season. His deal with the Sox is believed to be for $3 million.
The Dodgers probably parted ways because of performance inconsistencies and perhaps because of past off the field problems.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Belisario was often late to the clubhouse on game days, especially for early games.
In 2009, he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. He missed a month of the following season to receive treatment in a substance-abuse program and finished with a 5.04 ERA over 59 games. Belisario, of Venezuela, missed the entire 2011 season after failing to obtain a work visa. That stemmed, he admitted, from failing a cocaine test.
Belisario had a 2.04 ERA over 69 games as a rookie in 2009. He had another good year in 2012, posting a 2.54 ERA over 71 games.