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Chicago White Sox sign Ronald Belisario

In addition to adding left-handed relief pitcher Scott Downs, the Chicago White Sox further bolstered their bullpen this week when they signed right-handed reliever Ronald Belisario away from the Los Angeles Dodgers (reported by Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune).

By adding Belisario, the White Sox add the type of pitcher every bullpen should want in the mix. He is durable: he appeared in 77 games last season and 68 the year before that. He induces a large number of ground-balls (61.4 GB% in 2013) and throws hard enough to miss bats (averaged 94.3 MPH on his fastball last season). Also, he is quirky, the value of which cannot be underestimated when it comes to a good bullpen. Complete with tattoos and goggles, he perfectly embodies what you envision when you think of guys in the bullpen (although he will have to discard his awesome blue glove).

After losing left-hander Matt Thornton to the New York Yankees, the White Sox have done a solid job of replenishing their bullpen. Between Downs and Belisario, they have solid guys with a lot of experience on both sides of things. In Belisario’s case they are also getting a nice bargain, as his deal is only for one year and $3 million.

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