Ron Belliard Rumors

Belliard Involved In Extortion Case

Could this be part of the reason Ron Belliard still doesn’t have a job?  The second baseman has been named in a federal extortion case.  According to federal authorities in St. Louis, a man tried to blackmail Belliard into paying $150,000 to keep an alleged affair and pregnancy quiet.  Belliard is married with two kids.

The details aren’t confirmed and Belliard’s agent denies his involvement.  With the second base free agent market pretty deep this year, all else being equal, this case could have been a reason to avoid Belliard.  Just speculating.



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Belliard Involved In Extortion Case

Could this be part of the reason Ron Belliard still doesn’t have a job?  The second baseman has been named in a federal extortion case.  According to federal authorities in St. Louis, a man tried to blackmail Belliard into paying $150,000 to keep an alleged affair and pregnancy quiet.  Belliard is married with two kids.

The details aren’t confirmed and Belliard’s agent denies his involvement.  With the second base free agent market pretty deep this year, all else being equal, this case could have been a reason to avoid Belliard.  Just speculating.



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Rosenthal: Belliard To Cards

Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Cardinals will acquire Ron Belliard from the Indians sometime soon.  Belliard went 2 for 4 in today’s game against Seattle.  Will Carroll is reporting that Hector Luna would go to the Tribe.


Belliard, a 31 year-old second baseman, was hitting .289/.335/.419 entering today’s game.  He’s been consistently solid since becoming a regular in 2003.  The second base class plays at a higher level in the NL; league average is .276/.341/.424.  Belliard is also middle of the pack as far as defense, but he will make a skilled double play partner for David Eckstein.  Belliard, an impending free agent, makes $4MM this year.

Belliard represents a clear upgrade over Aaron Miles, though I’m not sure that he’s signficantly better than Hector Luna.  Luna, a 26 year-old, has a career line of .276/.336/.398 in 533 ABs.  The versatile Luna has played every position but catcher in his Cardinal career.  Walt Jocketty got him as a Rule 5 pick in 2002.

Based on yesterday’s update from Bernie Miklasz, the Cardinals seem content to tinker rather than make an impact trade.