Tag:Manny Delcarmen
Posted on: February 13, 2011 8:08 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2011 3:13 pm

Veterans likely to fill in for Aardsma as closer

As noted earlier, Mariners closer David Aardsma is out until at least late April and probably later, creating an opportunity for someone else to close for the Mariners in the first month or so of the season.

Mariners pitching coach Carl Willis told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times that he hasn't decided who that person will be, but it's unlikely it will be one of the team's younger pitchers, such as Dan Cortes or Josh Lueke.

Brandon League "You can't rule out a younger guy that we have with the staff," Willis said. "But I don't think it's fair to be pushing an inexperienced guy into that role right away."

The most likely candidates are Brandon League (pictured), Manny Delcarmen and Chris Ray, Willis told Baker.

League filled in for Aardsma at the end of last season, picking up six saves during the season and is likely the favorite.

Ray served as the Orioles' closer in 2006 and 2007, has 51 career saves, but underwent Tommy John surgery in 2007 and hasn't regained his form.

Last season, he played for the Rangers and Giants, going to San Francisco in the trade that sent Bengie Molina to the Rangers. He was not on the postseason roster.

Delcarmen has three career saves, one in 2007 and two in 2008.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: February 10, 2011 8:17 pm

Delcarmen to camp with M's

Manny Delcarmen
Right-hander Manny Delcarmen, who was a reasonably effective middle reliever at times in his career for the Red Sox and spent the end of last year with Colorado, will be going to camp with the Mariners. The team announced Thursday it has given him a minor-league deal with a spring training invitation.

Delcarmen, 29 next week, has a 3.97 career ERA over six seasons. But he has had control problems and decreased velocity in recent years, and the Red Sox cut ties on August 31, shipping him to Colorado for minor-leaguer Chris Balcom-Miller. He finished 2010 with a combined mark of 3-4 with a 4.99 ERA and a WHIP of 1.471. He'll go into the mix for a bullpen spot with the Mariners.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: January 30, 2011 3:53 pm

Cuddyer wants extension, plus more notes

CuddyerSome news and notes on this Sunday as baseball readies for spring training in two weeks...


  • The Twins' Michael Cuddyer (pictured) would love to stay a Twin for the rest of his career, as MLB.com reports. He is entering the last season of his deal and is excited about the season now that surgery to clean out his knee has been a resounding success. No extension talks have taken place and once the season starts, Cuddyer won't speak about an extension.
  • The Rangers signed Dave Bush to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training, per Anthony Andro of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. Bush has an opt-out clause in his deal, but this is exactly the kind of depth Texas should be building in a rotation that looks a bit suspect. If Brandon Webb suffers a setback in his return to playing time, Bush would serve as the No. 5 starter.
  • The Orioles are in the lead for Justin Duchscherer's services along with the Nationals, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reveals. The deal from Baltimore is of the major league variety, so it would be tough for the Duke not to make the squad. However, he tells Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com that he has yet to decide and is close to deals with several teams. Crasnick has four teams in the hunt for the righty.
  • Rafael Betancourt has locked into a one-year extension to stay with the Rockies, as ESPN Deportes says per a MLB Trade Rumors translation. He'll make $3.77 million in 2011, per an already agreed upon deal, and $4 million in '12. The Rockies hold a club option for $4.25 million. The 36-year-old has been excellent in Colorado since coming over midway through 2009. He posted a 3.61 ERA in 62 1/2 innings for the Rox last season, whiffing 89 and walking just eight. An excellent season no matter how you slice it.
  • The Reds and Edinson Volquez agreed on a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration even as the two discuss a multi-year extension as MLB.com reports. "We tried to do a multiyear deal," GM Walt Jocketty says. "They just wanted to concentrate on the one year now. [Volquez's agent] had a few cases and wanted to get the arbitration thing out of the way."
  • Buster Olney of ESPN reveals that the Diamondbacks have opted not to pursue a humidor at Chase Field, at least for this season. The hitter's haven could benefit from a humidor, but given that the stadium isn't outrageously tilted toward hitters like Coors Field is in Colorado, there isn't a major push for it. The humidor could solve dry desert conditions that affect the baseball.
  • Amid reports the Orioles might sign Vladimir Guerrero, Luke Scott couldn't care less if he DHs or plays left, according to the Baltimore Sun. Just keep him with the Orioles, as he wants to sign a contract extension. The Orioles rebuffed overtures for an extension, although that doesn't mean it couldn't happen later.
  • In Nick Cafardo's excellent Sunday Notes column for the Boston Globe, he reveals that the Diamondbacks are considering Scott Schoeneweis. The lefty had a brief stint with the Red Sox in 2010 before being released. Schoeneweis pitched for Arizona in 2009 but was shocked by the drug overdose of his wife in May, struggling with depression after. How he has battled since in raising his kids and attempting to continue his career is nothing short of remarkable.
  • Cafardo also reports that the Rays are likely in on the services for Manny Delcarmen, along with three other teams. Delcarmen pitched for years with the Red Sox before falling apart in 2010 and ending the year with Colorado.


-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:28 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:37 am

Russell Martin among those non-tendered

The deadline to tender contracts was Thursday night at 11:59 p.m., and here's the players who were not tendered contracts and are now free agents:

A's: Edwin Encarnacion, Jack Cust, Travis Buck

Angels: Kevin Frandsen

Astros: Sammy Gervacio

Blue Jays: Jeremy Accardo, Fred Lewis

Braves: Matt Diaz

Brewers: Todd Coffey, Joe Inglett

Diamondbacks: Blaine Boyer, Ryan Church, Augie Ojeda, D.J. Carrasco

Dodgers: Russell Martin, George Sherrill, Trent Oeltjen

Giants: Eugenio Velez, Chris Ray

Mariners: Ryan Rowland-Smith

Marlins: Jose Veras, Ronny Paulino

Mets: Chris Carter, Sean Green, John Maine

Nationals: Wil Nieves, Joel Peralta, Chein-Ming Wang

Orioles: Matt Albers

Padres: Scott Hairston, Tony Gwynn Jr., Luis Perdomo, Matt Antonelli

Pirates: Lastings Milledge, Argenis Diaz, Donnie Veal, Brian Burres

Rangers: Dustin Nippert

Rays: Lance Cormier, Willy Aybar, Dioner Navarro, J.P. Howell

Red Sox: Hideki Okajima, Taylor Buchholz, Andrew Miller

Rockies: Manny Delcarmen

Royals: Josh Fields

Tigers: Zach Miner

White Sox: Bobby Jenks, Erick Threets

Yankees: Alfredo Aceves, Dustin Mosley

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 31, 2010 4:25 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2010 5:02 pm

Red Sox swap Delcarmen for prospect

Manny Delcarmen The Red Sox have traded hometown native Manny Declarmen to the Rockies for a prospect, multiple outlets report.

The Rockies finally get their hands on MDC, who was the sole reason the Todd Helton-Mike Lowell swap a few years back broke down when Boston refused to add Delcarmen into the deal.

Delcarmen has seen his star fade since, posting a 4.60 ERA over 103 2/3 innings split between 2009-10. From 2007-08, the righty boasted a 2.81 ERA in 118 1/3 innings. What went wrong? His strikeout rate tumbled, his walk rate shot up and he has started giving up home runs like his job. It was clear that Delcarmen would be nothing more than an unappetizing middle relief option to the Red Sox, so off he went for a prospect.

While some will say this means Boston is conceding the postseason race, as they find themselves 6 1/2 games behind first place and the Wild Card lead, but the reality is that any replacement Boston summons from Triple-A to replace Delcarmen will approximate MDC's numbers. The team hasn't lost anything.

Can Delcarmen snap out of his two-year funk where he's lost control and the bite on his pitches? Absolutely, and moving to the NL will help. Delcarmen has been considered a potential closer in the NL in the past, and he could easily see a resurrection much like Ramon Ramirez did in San Francisco when dealt by Boston at the trading deadline.

Unlike the return for Ramirez, an average minor-league reliever, the return the Red Sox received for Delcarmen is of such quality one has to wonder what the heck Colorado was thinking.

Chris Balcom-Miller was a sixth-round pick out of the 2009 draft and played for the Rockies' rookie league, flashing a 1.58 ERA in 11 starts. He walked just 10 and whiffed 60 in 57 innings, but didn't crack anyone's list of top prospects. That may change as 2010 has been excellent for the 21-year-old with a 3.31 ERA in 19 starts for mid-Class A, striking out 117 and walking 19. For those counting, that's a 177/29 K/BB ratio since being drafted. That kind of live arm and command doesn't come around often with three solid offerings (fastball, change, slider) and a 58.8 percent groundball rate. Balcom-Miller's fastball averages around 91-92 mph, so may not be anything more than a strong back-of-the-rotation starter or setup man, but since when is that a bad thing? And of course, it's possible Balcom-Miller could add velocity as he grows into his body.

So why did the Rockies trade Balcom-Miller? It's a good question. One possible thought is that the righty Miller is dominating against competition that may not be age-appropriate at 21. The Red Sox aren't promoting him, instead assigning him to their own mid-Class A affiliate. In addition, the Rockies may have inside information about Balcom-Miller that downgrades him in their eyes... or it could simply be a matter of being so desperate for a reliever -- not to mention one they've coveted for a while -- that Colorado bit down and moved one of their more intriguing arms to make a play for the postseason.

Colorado may feel like a winner right now as they get the coveted reliever they feel they need to aid in the push for the postseason, but it's hard to imagine Boston not coming away with the last laugh.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: July 31, 2010 2:38 pm
Edited on: July 31, 2010 3:14 pm

Red Sox shopping spare parts

The Red Sox are trying to move some spare parts to get players with more of a future on the big-league roster, as ESPN Boston's Gordon Edes reports .

The names?

Manny Delcarmen, Jeremy Hermida, Hideki Okajima, Ramon Ramirez.

Fungible names, all -- but ones that could help a contender down the stretch run.

The Mets have been linked to the Red Sox in the past, primarily for Ramirez. New York likes the idea of taking on a reliever who has a low price attached and seeing if they can turn around his career. Ramirez and Delcarmen have previous success but have fallen on hard times lately. With a switch to the NL alone, both increase in value, nevermind the added possibility of the Mets coaching being able to bring relievers back to prominence.

Okajima is a quality reliever who has struggled with injuries, confidence and loneliness this season. He has two more years left of arbitration, as do Ramirez and Delcarmen. If he can get straighened out, he would go back to being one of the best setup men in the league. One thing that could assist him if he's moved to the NL is his funky delivery, which most AL teams have grown accustomed to by now.

Hermida isn't much of a fielder in the oufield, but is young and has burgeoning power as well as an uncanny knack for driving in runs in tight situations.

If moved, Boston would move to promote players such as outfielder Daniel Nava or Ryan Kalish and relievers Michael Bowden and Dustin Richardson -- along with Felix Doubront, who was just converted to relief .

UPDATE : Kalish is joining the Red Sox, reports WEEI's Alex Speier. No corresponding move is known, although one would imagine it's related to Hermida.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: June 30, 2010 11:34 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2010 11:43 pm

When it rains, it pours: Delcarmen on way to DL

Manny Delcarmen The Boston Globe 's Amalie Benjamin is reporting that Manny Delcarmen may be on the way to the disabled list for the Red Sox.

MDC gave up five runs on four hits and one walk without registering an out in the eighth inning of Wednesday's 9-4 loss against the Rays. Benjamin notes that Delcarmen was having trouble getting extension on the ball and has dealt with back problems all year.

The Red Sox could chose to bring back left-hander Fabio Castro who was just designated for assignment to make room for Eric Patterson. Another option is to call up Robert Manuel, who has dominated Triple-A so far on the season but did not pitch during his brief assignment with Boston two weeks ago.

Another option could be Rich Hill, who was signed to a minor league deal on Wednesday. The 30-year-old lefty had a 4.30 ERA for St. Louis' Triple-A affiliate, starting four games and appearing in 23 over 46 innings. He has 47 whiffs and 30 walks in those innings.

The BoSox have struggled with injuries all year, but have been hit hard recently. Clay Buchholz, Dustin Pedroia and Victor Martinez all suffered injuries during the weekend series with the Giants with the latter two landing on the disabled list as a result.

Delcarmen had a 3.24 ERA in 33 1/3 innings before the blowup and now has a 4.59 mark.

UPDATE: Benjamin says it's actually an elbow issue, not back problem. He will visit the doctor on Friday.

-- Evan Brunell

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