Former Red Sox reliever Manny Delcarmen was spotted Tuesday morning at Jet Blue Park working out in an apparent attempt to land a minor league deal with his former club. Delcarmen has not pitched in the Majors since 2010 which resulted in a less than inspiring stint with the Colorado Rockies throwing just 8.1 innings with a hefty 6.48 ERA.
The West Roxbury native enjoyed a couple of good years in Boston after being drafted in the 2nd round by the organization back in 2000. He was a reliable bullpen member of the 2007 World Series Champion club going 44 innings with a career-best 2.05 ERA.
Arguably Delcarmen’s best year came in 2008 which he became a workhorse for the pen tossing 74.1 IP while putting together a respectable 3.27 ERA with 72 SO. The next year marked the beginning of the end for the hometown talent as his ERA ballooned to 4.62 between the 09-10 seasons before being shipped out to Colorado.
In the last couple of years, Delcarmen has pitched in the Nationals minor league system and spent last year pitching in the Mexican League to mediocre results (that’s a little Espanol for ya).
While my relief pitcher nostalgia level for Delcarmen is not quite as high as it is for Craig Hansen, best of luck to Manny as he looks to latch on with an MLB organization on a minor league deal. I’ve got to say it would be pretty sweet to watch him down in Pawtucket this summer, every AAA team needs a shutdown closer after all.