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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Belisle agrees to $1.25M deal

From Shannon Russell:

Reds pitcher Matt Belisle will enter the starting rotation mix this spring knowing that he’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.

"He’s happy, we’re happy, and we’re looking forward to an even better year this year," said Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky.

"It’s always good when you can avoid the arbitration process and settle a deal that makes both sides happy."

Belisle likely will follow Aaron Harang and Bronson Arroyo in the rotation.

Other players in the rotation mix include Homer Bailey, Edinson Volquez and left-hander Jeremy Affeldt.

Belisle started 30 games last season and pitched 177 2/3 innings. He gave up 26 home runs.
It was his first year as a starter after spending three years as a reliever.

Second baseman Brandon Phillips is the last Reds player left in arbitration.

The Associated Press contributed to this report


10 Comments:

at 7:26 AM Anonymous NVreds said...

John

Random off-topic question. I'm wondering how the A/B-type FA ratings worked, specifically for griffey. Since he was injured for so long he must have dropped from A/B, but what did last season do for his rating?

 
at 7:33 AM Anonymous NVreds said...

I just looked up the elias rankings on the internet, griff seems to be an A type so that answers my question...nevermind

 
at 9:07 AM Anonymous redfuture said...

Matt at least has good command of his good stuff. He's efficient with his pitches and I expect him to easily add 23 IP to reach the 200 IP plateau this year. He is at least as good as the FA starters available this year and for a whole lot less. I predict that he shaves 1/2 a run off his ERA and wins 12 to 14 games. Bailey & Volquez will round out the rotation.

 
at 9:19 AM Blogger Hey Barry Larkin! said...

What's the hold up signing Phillips to a long-term deal? He's already stated that he wants to be the next Barry Larkin, aka a Reds lifer. He's one of the top 2 2nd basemen in baseball, and he's a Gold Glover (although not technically, we all know he was screwed out of the award last year). Sign the man!

 
at 9:42 AM Blogger Joe said...

Better than relying on Paul Wilson to fill the third spot like the Reds were a few years ago.

 
at 9:52 AM Blogger Scottyb said...

I am happy that we signed Belisle but it's unbelievable that he could be our #3 starter. He would be a fine 4 or 5 man but #3 you got to be kidding me.

 
at 10:37 AM Blogger Pat said...

Hi Shannon, Solid reporting there. Thanks for filling in for that guy, what's his name? Your reports seem to be a bit better over the other guys stuff.

Just kiddin' John, hope you're having a great time on the slopes. Althought Shannon's report was nice to hear.

 
at 12:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eugenio Velez SS San Fran

The Reds need to dump alex gonemunchez and get this guy--give them Junior for him

 
at 3:01 PM OpenID sportshandicapper said...

I agree with scottyb. Why are we talking about Belisle as our #3 starter? He was awful for a huge chunk of last season. If he can prove that he's a new and improved Matt Belisle this season, that's great to let him compete for a starting spot again. But I'd prefer to see him penciled in more towards being a long reliever/#5 starter candidate if he shows he's actually going to do better than Bailey, Volquez, and Affeldt (which I kinda doubt he will).

 
at 6:34 PM Blogger Aaron said...

Don't get up with #3, $3 , #5 stuff... whomever pitches well will work themselves towards the top of the rotation, its that simple.

 
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