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Dodgers Let Relief Pitcher Ronald Belisario Become Free Agent

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Ronald Belisario #54 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches inthe seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Two of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 12, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri. (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

Ronald Belisario #54 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches inthe seventh inning against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Two of the National League Championship Series at Busch Stadium on October 12, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri. (credit: Elsa/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — 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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