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Red Sox trade Manny Delcarmen to Rockies for pitching prospect Chris Balcom-Miller

Aug 31, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

Earlier this week the Rockies were said to be looking for some bullpen help and this afternoon they acquired reliever Manny Delcarmen from the Red Sox for Single-A pitching prospect Chris Balcom-Miller.
Delcarmen was one of the Red Sox’s best relievers in 2007 and 2008, combining to throw 118 innings with a 2.81 ERA, .197 opponents’ batting average, and 113/45 K/BB ratio, but has a 4.60 ERA and 76/62 K/BB ratio in 104 innings since then and slipped down the bullpen pecking order this season.
His velocity has declined a bit from 2007/2008 while his strikeout rate fell and his walk rate rose, but Delcarmen still has good raw stuff and seems capable of rebounding into a useful setup man in the National League. He’s also under team control for two more seasons as an arbitration eligible player, so the Rockies may have brought Delcarmen in as much for 2011 and 2012 as for this season. They’re currently seven games back in the NL West and 3.5 games out of the Wild Card race.
Chris Balcom-Miller was the Rockies’ sixth-round pick last year and has posted incredible numbers in the low minors so far with a 2.72 ERA, .194 opponents’ batting average, and 177/26 K/BB ratio in 166 innings between rookie-ball and low Single-A. He’s a long way from potentially reaching the majors, but represents a nice haul for a player who had clearly fallen out of favor in Boston.

  1. yesitsme - Aug 31, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    Theo…..You let Delcarmen go? Whats the matter with you?….Do you have rocks in your head

  2. GP - Aug 31, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    Maybe he just got tired of watching Delcarmen blow leads and be generally ineffective. Sounds like they got a decent prospect in return so I’m all for it.

  3. JBerardi - Aug 31, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    Are you kidding? MDC has been terrible for two years now, he was likely to be non-tendered in the offseason, and Theo somehow turned him into an actual prospect. Fantastic trade for him.

  4. Tim's Neighbor - Aug 31, 2010 at 6:12 PM

    Chris Balcolm-Miller has some real potential. GREAT move by the Sox.

  5. JBerardi - Aug 31, 2010 at 9:04 PM

    Should have posted this earlier, but Mike Newman of Scouting the Sally has a great report on Balcom Miller from earlier this year. Had a lot of good things to say:

    Again, great pickup for a pitcher who was likely going to be cut loose in a month anyway.

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