Bill Ladson

Belisle, Nationals agree to Minor League deal

Belisle, Nationals agree to Minor League deal

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals agreed to terms on a Minor League deal with right-handed reliever Matt Belisle with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.

Belisle will be reunited with manager Dusty Baker; the two worked together in 2008 with the Reds. Belisle, 35, spent most of his 12-year career with the Reds and Rockies. His best season came in Colorado in '10, when he went 7-5 with a 2.93 ERA in 76 games.

During his career, Belisle is 49-55 with a 4.34 ERA in 558 games -- 514 of them in relief -- and 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.