Tampa Bay Rays Sign Ronald Belisario


May 20, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Ronald Belisario (54) delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. The White Sox won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Rays have reportedly signed right-hander Ronald Belisario to a minor-league deal.

According to Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays are also likely to sign infielder Alexi Casilla to a deal too.

Belisario appeared to have a deal in place with the Toronto Blue Jays but it fell through on Friday giving the Rays a chance to pounce.

The 32-year-old pitched to a career worse 5.56 ERA in 2014 with the Chicago White Sox over 66.1 innings.

Over the course of five big league seasons, Belisario is 24-20 with a 3.75 ERA and 12 saves.

Belisario had spent the first four years of his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers but missed the entire 2011 season due to visa problems.

Casilla spent all of 2014 in the minors aside from one appearance with the Baltimore Orioles.

He played 56 games with Norfolk at Triple-A with a .264/.315/.320 slash line and one home run.

The 30-year-old has played in 578 big league games with Baltimore and Minnesota, hitting .247 with 12 homers while stealing 80 bags.

Casilla could provide extra insurance in the infield behind Asdrubal Cabrera, Logan Forsythe and Nick Franklin although Topkin doesn’t eliminate the fact the Rays could still acquire a starting shortstop.