Twins sign reliever Matt Belisle to a Major League deal | KFAN 100.3 FM

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Former Twins right-handed veteran relief pitcher Matt Belisle has resigned with Minnesota on a major-league contract.

Belisle was outrighted by Cleveland on May 6 after posting a 5.06 ERA in eight games (10.2 IP). He turned 38 earlier this month.

Belisle took over the Twins closer role from the departed Brandon Kintzler late in the 2017 season, and pitched a scoreless inning in the 2017 American League Wild Card Game against the New York Yankees.

He finished that year for Minnesota with a 4.03 ERA in 62 games (60.1 IP) with a stellar 2.45 strikeout-to-walk ratio, or 8.1 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched.

As a result of the move, the Twins designated utility infielder Gregorio Petit for assignment. Petit was batting .308 (26 AB) with eight hits and two RBI in 12 games played in 2018.

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