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It’s been an eventful weekend for right-hander Manny
Delcarmen even though the hard-throwing righty hasn’t even tossed a single pitch since
Thursday night against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Delcarmen heard his name pop up in trade rumors on Friday
morning when ESPN’s Peter Gammons confirmed on ESPN Radio that the bullpen-challenged
Washington Nationals had offered the pitching rich Sox a Delcarmen-for-Nick Johnson swap.
Later that afternoon, WEEI.com reported that Delcarmen’s
agent, Jim Masteralexis, had phoned the Sox front office and was told by the Boston front office brass that the trade proposal was “immediately shot down.” The Sox organization has still not officially come out and
either confirmed or denied that any Delcarmen-for-Johnson talks are dead, however. There’s every possibility in the baseball world that discussions concerning Johnson's left-handed bat will
kick up again if David Ortiz doesn’t soon begin to regain his power-hitting form.
After flashing a brief glimpse of the old Big Papi while
blasting his first home run of the season on Thursday night against the Toronto
Blue Jays, Ortiz has slid back down in a 1-for-11 funk with a walk and six
strikeouts. His average has dropped down to .201 headed into Sunday afternoon's interleague finale against the New York Mets, and the
33-year-old could be headed under the Mendoza Line with another rough day at
With all of that in mind, here are some thoughts from
Delcarmen about the trade talks involving him – the second time that the
out-of-options, hard-throwing righty has heard his name blowing through the MLB trade
winds this season. It also might not be the last time his buddies text him with the latest rumors involving the 27-year-old if he keeps up the sparkling 0.95 ERA he's built up through the first 18 games out of the pen this season.
When you hear the trade talk stuff that kicked up the other
day, Is that bothering you? Are you asking ‘Hey what’s going on here’ a little
bit? MD: To me, I think it’s always good when teams are asking about you and
they want you. It made me feel really good when Theo (Epstein) and those guys turned it
down right away. Because I feel like I’m a part of the team here and I’m used
to being here. To start fresh somewhere (else), I wouldn’t be too happy about
that. It’s cool to know that Boston
wants to keep me here.
Did you actually talk to Theo and Jed about it, or did you
go through your agent? MD: Yeah, my agent texted me and he called me back and
told me not to worry about anything. Right away I’m worried about what’s going
on because it’s the first time I had heard about it. But (my agent) talked to
front office) and they said they shot it down right away. I had a chance to
talk to (Sox pitching coach John) Farrell and he said ‘I know that you feel
like you haven’t been throwing much and staff, but we’re going to get you in
games’ and to just go out there and keep doing what I’m doing.
Do you feel like a lot of this is just need that teams have
for pitching around the league, and they see you as a guy that might help them?
MD: I’ve been saying this since the spring. We’ve got a really special bullpen.
Besides Pap, we’ve got four our five guys that could close or set up somewhere
else. That’s a pretty lucky bullpen to have, and to have that much power
(stuff). I’m just glad to be a part of it and I think this is it with what we
have right now. It’s going to take us where we want to go.
This is the second or third time that you’re name has popped
up with trade rumors. Why do you think that is? MD: Teams are looking for
pitching and we’re lucky to have that here. I think it’s going to be another
special season (for us).
It goes without saying that you grew up here, got drafted
here, played through the organization here and you’ve won a championship here…so
you want to stay here and play for the Red Sox. MD: I got signed here, drafted
here and want to end my career here. I know in baseball sometimes you can’t
control things, but hopefully it works out and I stay here.