Dodgers Let Relief Pitcher Ronald Belisario Become Free Agent

LOS ANGELES ( — The Los Angeles Dodgers have chosen not to offer reliever Ronald Belisario a contract, making the right-hander a free agent.

Belisario, 30, was one of the most heavily used relief pitchers in the majors in 2013, tying for second in the National League with 77 appearances, earning a 5-7 record with one save and a 3.97 ERA.

Through four seasons with the Dodgers, Belisario showed moments of potential, but experienced his fair share of struggles. In 2010, the Venezuela native had a 5.04 ERA with a 2-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. After missing the 2011 season with visa issues, Belisario returned to the club in 2012, going 8-1 with a 2.54 ERA for his most successful season.

Belisario was signed as an amateur free agent by the Florida Marlins in 1999 before signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2006. He made $1.5 million in 2013 with the Dodgers, including a $50,000 bonus for appearing in 70 games.

The Dodgers tendered contracts to other arbitration-eligible players, including Clayton Kershaw, A.J. Ellis and Kenley Jansen.

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