The Nationals signed Matt Belisle this evening to a minor league contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training. When he was with the Cardinals last year he had a strong bottom line results in 33 2/3 innings, but his control took a notable step backwards, and his season was shortened significantly due to a lengthy DL stint that stemmed from right elbow inflammation. When healthy enough to take the mound, Belisle posted a strong 2.67 ERA, averaging 6.7 strikeouts and 4.0 walks per nine innings pitched to go along with an impressive 52.4 percent ground-ball rate. Matt Belisle just might be the gem in the the group of pitchers he has joined. He is also very familiar with Dusty Baker since he played for him in 2008.