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Beliveau Outrighted to Columbus, Belisle Elects Free Agency Instead

Beliveau Outrighted to Columbus, Belisle Elects Free Agency Instead

| On 08, May 2018

Some pending roster moves for the Cleveland Indians were answered on Monday, when the team outrighted relievers Matt Belisle and Jeff Beliveau to Triple-A Columbus.

Both players had the ability to refuse the assignment, per Article XX(D) of the collective bargaining agreement. Belisle has accrued far more than the minimum five years of Major League service time required to refuse an outright, and Beliveau (with just over two years of service time) had been previously outrighted during his career.

Beliveau accepted his assignment and will remain with the organization. He will report to Columbus and hope that the Indians will call upon him again at some point in the season. Belisle, however, has elected free agency.

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Belisle, 37, was a late February addition by the Indians in the spring and won a job out of camp. He started the year with three strong appearances, allowing just one hit and one hit batter with a strikeout over four innings of work, but he allowed runs in each of his next three outings. He gave up three against Toronto in an inning and a third, he blew a save in Puerto Rico on a Miguel Sano game-tying homer in extra innings, and he allowed two more runs on two hits in an inning of work against the Chicago Cubs nearly a week later.

He made two perfect appearances in a pair of losses, striking out two in three and one-third innings, in his final two outings.

The right-hander is in his 15th big league season and owns a 51-57 record with 14 saves, a 4.20 ERA, and a 1.34 WHIP in 668 games. He was designated for assignment on May 2 to add right-hander Ben Taylor to the 25- and 40-man rosters.

The left-hander Beliveau had his contract purchased from Columbus on April 26, replacing the injured Andrew Miller in the bullpen. He was designated on May 4 after appearing in five games for Cleveland.

After an impressive start at Columbus, where he worked in seven games while striking out 14 batters, walking one, and giving up two hits in eight and two-thirds scoreless innings, he looked good for the Tribe in his first few appearances before getting hit harder when the calendar turned to May. He struck out the only batter he faced in his first outing and did the same in his third to earn a save against the Texas Rangers. He pitched the next day against the Rangers but was hit for three runs on two hits and a hit batter, then appeared two days later and gave up another run on two hits and two walks in the ninth inning of the team’s win over Toronto.

The 31-year-old has worked in parts of six big league seasons, beginning with the Cubs in 2012. He has also pitched for the Tampa Bay Rays (2013-15) and Toronto Blue Jays (2017).

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