Truthfully, I didn’t realize Delcarmen still pitched because I hadn’t heard his name since he was a Boston Red Sox years ago.
Delcarmen was a solid righty reliever for Red Sox in both the 2007 and 2008 regular seasons.
On Boston’s 2007 Championship run he made 44 appearances, pitched 44 innings; posted a 2.05 ERA, giving up just four homers, 10 earned runs, 17 walks and struck out 41 batters of the 176 he faced.
And in 2008 Delcarmen earned himself a heavier workload appearing in 73 games, and throwing a total of 74.1 innings. He gave up just five homers, and almost doubled his strikeouts with 72 but he also walked 28 batters too.
Delcarmen also pitched in both postseason’s for Boston, and other than the two decent innings he threw joined in the back-to-back ALCS’s, he stunk.
In 2007 and 2008, Delcarmen posted a 24.55 ERA, over 3.2 innings for the Red Sox in both ALCS series collectively; and went on to crap out in the one inning he threw in the 2007 World Series, where he gave up a homer, a walk, an earned run and only struck out one of the eight bats he faced.
The now 30-year-old Delcarmen didn’t make it out of the Mariners and Rangers Triple-A ball clubs in 2011 and was released immediately after the season.
So, my question for GM Brian Cashman is in what the heck does he think Delcarmen can bring, other than less room?
When Cashman invited a guy like, Mark Prior to Spring Training I totally welcomed it. Prior’s potential upside could have been seriously legit.
Now if Delcarmen was one-half of Chicago’s White Heat I would understand where Cashman was coming from here, but Delcarmen is not, never was and never will be.
One would think it would be hard to reemerge if you never surfaced in the first place.
Look, I get that an invite and a minor league contract is totally harmless, but signings like this take time away from getting to see other arms that could be actually useful.
Remember that skipper Joe Girardi and crew already have enough to deal come February 19th, when pitchers and catchers report.
I am not trying to make a mountain out of an anthill here over a minor acquisition, but Delcarmen is not even a lefty. That would at least make some sense to me because the Yankees have a genuine need there.
Still, you don’t want to let a lot of little nothings grow into one big annoyance.
Someone might want to remind Cashman that he can finally ditch the quantity over quality shenanigans from 2011, and he can thank himself for that.
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