Matt Belisle- RHP- Washington Nationals in 2016
The 36-year old Belisle quietly flies under the radar but has been one of the most solid relievers for the past two seasons in the majors. In 2016, he made 40 appearances for the Nationals pitching his way to a minuscule 1.76 ERA. The previous season was much of the same with the Cardinals where he posted a 2.67 ERA in 34 appearances.
Belisle made over 70 appearances for four straight season between 2010-13 with the Colorado Rockies. Even in Coors Field, the right hander had seasons with ERA’s of 2.93, 3.25 and 3.71, hardly anything to scoff at.
Last season, lefties could only muster a .147 average off Belisle with reverse splits against righties who teed off him at a .317 mark. Both were not career norms as lefties have hit .277 off him for his career.
The hurler earned $1.25 million last season and will definitely see a raise but still may come a lot cheaper than some of the other names on this list.
Belisle side note: Troy Tulowitzki and Belisle were teammates in Colorado for six seasons between 2009-14.
Travis Wood- LHP- Chicago Cubs in 2016
For a full breakdown of the Travis Wood breakdown- check out Chris Henderson’s article from yesterday: