Monday, July 26, 2010
Delcarmen, Ramirez available?
By Gordon Edes
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- While the Red Sox are on the hunt for relievers, one major league source said Monday that the Sox have indicated some willingness to move either Manny Delcarmen or Ramon Ramirez in the right deal.
That possibility may well be predicated on whether the Sox succeed in lining up additional relief help, although the same source said that the Sox are not prepared to pay the price of at least one quality prospect, and possibly two, that the Toronto Blue Jays are asking in return for lefty Scott Downs.
Another lefty that could pop up on the Sox radar is Nationals left-hander Sean Burnett, whose changeup has not been as good as it was before he underwent Tommy John surgery but he still throws a 91- to 93-mile-an-hour fastball and has put up pretty good numbers for the Nats: a 3.03 ERA in 45 appearances, 32 hits and 12 walks in 32 2/3 IP, with 31 strikeouts. Oddly, his lefty-righty splits are backwards this season: He is holding righties to a .184 average, while lefties are batting .321.