The Reds inked Matt Belisle to a contract today:
Reds pitcher Matt Belisle will enter the starting rotation mix this spring knowing that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s got a bit more financial security after agreeing to a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the team on Thursday.
Belisle, who went 8-9 last season with a 5.32 ERA, made $390,000 in 2007. He became arbitration eligible and asked for $1.65 million.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s happy, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re happy, and weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re looking forward to an even better year this year,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s always good when you can avoid the arbitration process and settle a deal that makes both sides happy,Ã¢â‚¬Â Krivsky said.
I agree with that, and I’m glad to have Belisle back in the fold. I really feel that Belisle is poised to take a huge step forward this year.
Only one arb-eligible Red remains: Brandon Phillips.