The Seattle Mariners signed former Red Sox reliever Manny Delcarmen to a minor league contract today and made him their 23rd non-roster invitee to spring training, which begins on Sunday when pitchers and catchers report.
Delcarmen turns 29 on Feb. 16 and has gone 11-8 record with 3 saves and a 3.97 ERA in 298 appearances with the Red Sox (2005-10) and Rockies (2010) in his big-league career. The right-hander appeared in 57 games with the Red Sox and Rockies last season, combining to go 3-4 with a 4.99 ERA.
The move gives Seattle added depth as they attempt to retool their bullpen, mixing young arms - Dan Cortes, Josh Lueke - with veterans.
From 2007-08, Delcarmen posted a 2.81 ERA and held opponents to a .197 batting average in 117 appearances. During the two-season span he also recorded 29 holds and stranded 50 of 71 inherited runners.
Yes, he's something of a reclamation project, but hardly too old too rebound successfully. Delcarmen becomes the 13th pitcher among those non-roster invitees his spring.