St. Louis Cardinals signed veteran free agent pitcher Matt Belisle to a one-year deal. Belisle will make $3.5 million next season and could earn an extra $500,000 in performance bonuses.
No financial terms were announced, but the The Denver Post reports that Belisle will make $3.5 million next season.
Belisle had pitched the previous five seasons with the Colorado Rockies, who declined to pick up the reliever's $4.25 million option for 2015. Belisle could earn an extra $500,000 in performance bonuses. He will earn $150,000 if he appears in 50 games, another $150,000 if he appears in 60 games and $200,000 for 70 games.
Used primarily in a setup role, Belisle went 4-7 with a 4.87 ERA last season, tallying 43 strikeouts and six holds in 64.2 innings.
In his 11 MLB seasons, Belisle has a 48-54 career record with a 4.41 ERA.
- Scooby Axson