When it comes to bullpens, a reliever’s best ability is reliability. Matt Belisle, save for multiple hiccups last season, has been consistently productive for the Rockies since 2009. He has posted a 3.70 ERA and appeared in 326 games, making him an iron man for the Rockies’ relief corps.
Belisle’s contribution on the field and clubhouse leadership, especially with the loss of closer Rafael Betancourt to elbow surgery, prompted the Rockies to pick up his $4.25-million mutual option on Monday’s deadline.
There are currently no plans to work on a multi-year deal that would lower Belisle’s salary next season, and the club is not looking to trade him. The Rockies want his veteran presence in a bullpen that they are trying to rebuild. Rex Brothers and Adam Ottavino are among those who will be back. Wilton Lopez and Mitchell Boggs are both eligible for salary arbitration.
Belisle is one of the most popular teammates in the clubhouse, respected for his hard work and no-excuses attitude a...