Ronald Belisario used to be the go-to righty for the Los Angeles Dodgers in late-inning situations, but that all changed towards the end of the season and going into the postseason. The Dodgers took a chance on signing Brian Wilson, who was coming off of Tommy John Surgery, and was it ever well worth the risk. After a rehab assignment, Wilson was brought up to the main roster and took over the late-inning duties Belisario once held firm in the grasp of his hand.
Both men are going to be free agents, and only one can be given the righty setup role. Belisario put up his second-worst season as a reliever in his short four-year career to this point. This year, he gave up the most hits and runs he ever gave up in a season. He had his highest WHIP and lowest K/BB ratio. He also posted his second-highest ERA this season, and he was the reason for seven of the Dodgers’ losses.
When the postseason came around, he had a chance to change how everyone would look at his season, and he was terrible then as well. The worst part about this is that it happened to Ronald in his contract year.
I understand that there is only a small sample size on Wilson this year, but the fact that he has been a proven closer and knows how to pitch in late innings is a huge plus on his behalf. Los Angeles should re-sign Wilson to a multi-year deal and give him the setup duties. If they feel Belisario deserves to be re-signed as well, they should certainly not overpay for him and use him strictly in middle relief until he shows the organization that he can be trusted again.