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2.18.2007

Belliard Gets Non-Guaranteed Deal

Ronnie Belliard, who is almost as gangsta as former teammate C.C. Sabathia, agreed to a non-guaranteed, minor league contract with the Washington Nationals on Sunday that will pay him $750,000 if he makes the roster.

The 31-year-old second baseman started 14 of 16 postseason games with the World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals last year after being acquired from the Cleveland Indians at the end of July. He hit a combined .272 with 30 doubles, 13 home runs and 67 RBIs last season.

This move should provide some diamond insurance for the Nationals, who are moving Felipe Lopez from short to second while crossing their fingers in hopes that Cristian Guzman remembers how to play ball after missing all of last season due to right shoulder surgery. Belliard could also serve as delectable trade-bait to a club with a struggling infield.

Over most of nine seasons with four major league clubs, Belliard has driven in 439 runs with 80 longballs and a career .272 batting average.


Source: MSNBC

3 comments:

Twins Territory said...

I personally think this is a great sign.

Sooze said...

It's a pretty great deal for the Nationals, that's for sure. Under a mill for an above-average infielder!

Maryland Orioles' Fan said...

Gangsta? Haha. Nice.