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Matt Belisle | Relief Pitcher | #46

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (37) / 6/6/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 230
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1998 / Rd. 2 (0) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Indians re-signed RHP Matt Belisle to a minor league contract.
Belisle elected to become a free agent on May 8 after getting designated for assignment by the Indians on May 2, but the veteran reliever has circled back to the organization and will report to Triple-A Columbus. Belisle had a 5.06 ERA in 10 2/3 innings this season out of the Cleveland bullpen. May 16 - 10:20 AM

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Matt Belisle has elected to become a free agent.

Belisle chose to test the open market over accepting a minor league assignment. The veteran right-hander had a 5.06 ERA in 10 2/3 innings out of the Indians' bullpen prior to being designated for assignment last week.
May 8 - 2:11 PM

Indians designated RHP Matt Belisle for assignment.

Belisle had a 5.06 ERA in 10 2/3 innings this season out of the Indians' bullpen, but the veteran reliever pitched well in the second half of 2017 with the Twins and could draw interest on the waiver wire. Ben Taylor has been called up from Triple-A Columbus in a corresponding move.
May 2 - 11:24 AM

Indians purchased the contract of RHP Matt Belisle from Triple-A Columbus.

Belisle didn't have a great spring, but he's a proven veteran arm. He'll function in a middle relief role.
Mar 29 - 1:24 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona announced Saturday that Matt Belisle had secured a spot in the team's Opening Day bullpen.

The veteran right-hander has had a terrible spring, posting a 6.10 ERA, 2.03 WHIP and 8/1 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings of work, but apparently the Indians see something that they like. He'll function in middle relief for the Tribe and isn't relevant for fantasy purposes.
Mar 24 - 1:19 PM

Indians signed RHP Matt Belisle to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

ESPN's Buster Olney says Belisle will make $1.5 million with $1.75 million more available in incentives if he's on the big league roster. Belisle served as the Twins' closer for a time last season, posting a 4.03 ERA and 54/22 K/BB ratio over 60 1/3 innings. The 37-year-old should have a good shot at making the Indians' Opening Day roster as long as he's healthy.
Feb 25 - 8:19 AM

According to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Twins remain interested in a reunion with Matt Belisle.

Belisle finished the 2017 season as the primary closer in Minnesota, though he posted an underwhelming 4.03 overall ERA in 60 1/3 total innings. The 37-year-old right-hander would likely work in a setup role or middle relief if the Twins do strike a deal to bring him back. Free agent signee Fernando Rodney projects as the team's new ninth-inning man leading into 2018.
Jan 10 - 1:23 PM

Matt Belisle slammed the door on the Tigers in the ninth inning on Friday, protecting a three-run lead to earn his ninth save of the season.

Belisle retired all three hitters that he faced without any difficulty. The veteran right-hander now sports a 4.03 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 54/22 K/BB ratio in 60 1/3 innings on the year.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 11:44:00 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor said it's "probably a good bet" that Matt Belisle is unavailable to pitch Friday.

Belisle blew a save Thursday and has pitched back-to-back days, throwing a total of 2 2/3 innings and 28 pitches. Trevor Hildenberger or Taylor Rogers would probably get the save chance for the Twins if one comes up Friday.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 05:41:00 PM

Matt Belisle suffered his fifth blown save of the season on Thursday, surrendering a solo homer to Justin Smoak with two outs in the ninth inning.

Belisle made quick work of the first two hitters he faced, but was unable to finish the job. It's his first blown save since ascending to the ninth-inning role following the trade of Brandon Kintzler to the Nationals. For the season, Belisle owns a 4.20 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 56 1/3 innings.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 11:45:00 PM

Matt Belisle was credited with a win after getting the final five outs Wednesday against the Padres.

In just his fourth appearance so far this month, Belisle entered a 1-1 game in the ninth and picked up the win when the Twins scored twice in the 10th. He remains the clear favorite for saves in the Minnesota pen.
Thu, Sep 14, 2017 01:49:00 AM

Matt Belisle tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against Kansas City for his seventh save.

Belisle struck out two batters and required just 11 pitches to get through the frame. The veteran reliever had a pair of rough games last week, but he has bounced back with three straight scoreless appearances. Belisle isn’t overly exciting, but he needs to be owned in mixed fantasy leagues as long as he’s getting questions.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 02:01:00 AM

Matt Belisle worked a perfect ninth inning Thursday against the Royals to earn his sixth save of the year.

Belisle drew a tough assignment, facing Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas with a one-run lead, but he navigated the waters with little consternation. The save was the sixth since he took over closing duties from the departed Brandon Kintzler in August. His 4.44 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 49/22 K/BB ratio over 52 2/3 innings don't excite, but he's closing games for a playoff contender, and that's worth something for fantasy purposes.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 01:51:00 AM

Matt Belisle ended up with a win for the Twins on Thursday after giving up a go-ahead homer to Alen Hanson in the top of the ninth.

Belisle entered a 3-3 game in the top of the ninth and gave up the homer. He also walked two, though he struck out the other three batters he faced. He remains the preferred option for saves in the Minnesota pen right now, though he's being pushed by Trevor Hildenberger and Ryan Pressley.
Thu, Aug 31, 2017 04:45:00 PM

Matt Belisle got his fifth save despite giving up a run in the ninth Tuesday against the White Sox.

Belisle is 5-for-6 in his save chances since the Twins traded Brandon Kintzler at the end of July. He did walk a batter tonight for the first time since July 26. He has a 20/2 K/BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings during the second half.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 11:52:00 PM

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