Mariners ink Manny Delcarmen to minor league contract

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From the Mariners’ official Twitter feed comes word that the club has reached agreement on a minor league contract with right-handed reliever Manny Delcarmen.

The contract carries an invitation to spring training, where Delcarmen will attempt to win a job in the Mariners’ Opening Day bullpen.

The 28-year-old posted an underwhelming 4.70 ERA and 1.39 WHIP across 44 innings with the Red Sox last season before they shipped him off to Colorado in late August for minor league pitcher Chris Balcom-Miller. Delcarmen didn’t fare much better in the Rockies’ bullpen, allowing 12 hits and six earned runs in just 8.1 innings of work down the stretch.

He has enjoyed some success in the past and may be able to bounce back in the pitcher-friendly confines of Safeco Field, but all indications are that Delcarmen’s best years are far behind him.

Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

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Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing.

LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single. While Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story were batting, Baez was concerned that LeMahieu was relaying the Cubs’ signs to his teammates. Baez decided to stand in front of LeMahieu to block any information he might have been giving to Arenado and Story. LeMahieu got irritated and the two jawed at each other for a bit. Umpires Vic Carapazza and Greg Gibson had to intervene to tell Baez to knock it off.

There has always been a back-and-forth with alleged sign-stealing. As long as teams aren’t using technology to steal signs, it’s fair game for players to relay information to their teammates about the opposing team’s signs. Last year, MLB determined the Red Sox went against the rules and used technology — an Apple watch in this case — to steal signs from the Yankees. Other teams in the past have been accused of using binoculars from the bullpen to steal signs. In this particular case with Baez and LeMahieu, there was no foul play going on, just Baez trying to make the Rockies cede what he perceived to be their slight competitive advantage.

The Cubs went on to beat the Rockies 9-7 on Sunday.