The Cardinals signed thirty-four year old right-handed relief pitcher Matt Belisle to a one year deal this afternoon for the moderate price of 3.5 million dollars. Belisle has displayed excellent command throughout his career, walking only 2.2 batters per 9 innings pitched, and he has proven to be durable as well, making 70 or more relief appearances in four of the past five seasons. Belisle is also second in all of baseball in games pitched since 2010 with 367 and has accumulated 91 holds over that time span as well, which is good for tenth in all of baseball.
Belisle joins recent acquisition Jordan Walden in what is now a revamped Cards bullpen and he will prove to be a great veteran presence for all of the young pitching talent on the major league squad. This was a smart signing by the Cardinals and it will surely pay off next season.