Belisle is a bit of a journeyman, but spent last season with the Nationals, where he made 40 relief appearances. Over his 46 innings of work there, Belisle held a 1.76 ERA, struck-out 32, and walked seven.
Previously, Belisle spent five years with the Reds and six years with the Rockies. He had one year with the Cardinals somewhere in there too. This will be his first time pitching for an American League team. In his career in the senior circuit, Belisle has a 4.20 career ERA and a 6.8 career SO9, which is so, so close to the best internet stats ever. (I sincerely apologize for my low-level of maturity and/or addiction to stupid internet memes).
By all accounts, Belisle seems like a smart pickup that adds depth to the Twins pitching and bullpen, which has been an area of need. I mean, it’s certainly not a big enough deal to cause anyone any alarm.