Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/5/13
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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 about pitching at Coors Field. The 33-year-old, however, struggled last season. His fastball velocity never averaged more than 91 mph in any month, according to Brooksbaseball.net. Belisle never missed time with an injury, blaming his slumps on poor location. The right-hander, who worked in the seventh and eighth innings, went 5-7 with a 4.32 ERA. He is a work horse, appearing in at least 72 games in each of the past four seasons.
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