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Rays “have expressed interest in” Manny Delcarmen

Jan 4, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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In their ongoing effort to rebuild the bullpen the Rays “have expressed interest in” Manny Delcarmen, according to Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times.

Delcarmen was traded from the Red Sox to the Rockies in August and then non-tendered last month after posting a 4.99 ERA and 38/32 K/BB ratio in 52 innings between the two teams.

He was a standout setup man for Boston in 2007 and 2008, posting a 2.81 ERA with 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings during that time, but in the two seasons since then he has a 4.74 ERA and 6.6 strikeouts per nine innings.

Despite his recent struggles Delcarmen still averaged 93 miles per hour with his fastball last season, so it makes sense that the Rays would try turning the 28-year-old right-hander around in a middle relief role.

  1. BC - Jan 4, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    He’s TERRIBLE. Straightest fastball I’ve seen since Armando Benitez.

    • mcsnide - Jan 4, 2011 at 1:01 PM

      It amazes me that a guy can throw the ball that straight. Even by sheer accident, it should move a little.

  2. uyf1950 - Jan 4, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    He looks a little like the ex Yankee reliever Chad Gaudin and pitched like him too. He was terrible last year. I guess money must really be tight that the Rays have to look at this guy.

  3. pisano - Jan 4, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Who in Gods name would want him? The Rays are at the bottom of the barrel with getting this guy. On the positive side he’ll be great for the opposition to sharpen their strokes with him on the mound.

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