Reliever Manny Delcarmen signs with Rangers

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A day after requesting and receiving his release from the Mariners, former Red Sox reliever Manny Delcarmen signed with the Rangers on Thursday.  It’s his fourth organization in the last year.

Delcarmen, who was traded from Boston to Colorado last summer, had a 5.14 ERA and a 23/12 K/BB ratio in 28 innings for Triple-A Tacoma after failing to make the Mariners out of spring training.  He’ll join the Rangers’ Triple-A Round Rock affiliate.

It’s been a tough go for Delcarmen, who was once often sought-after in trade talks and looked at as a potential closer.  His command was never great, and with his velocity down, he’s no longer able to get ahead of hitters and attempt to put them away with his plus curve.  He may well be done at age 29.

 

Miguel Cabrera is being sued for reduced child support payments

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Tigers first baseman/DH Miguel Cabrera is being sued by a woman from Orlando, Florida who claims that he “unilaterally” reduced the amount of his monthly child support payments, Tony Paul of The Detroit News reports. Cabrera, who has three children with his wife Rosangel, also had two children with Belkies Mariela Rodriguez in 2013 and 2015.

Cabrera pays more than $6,200 per month in child support and helped Rodriguez purchase a nearly $1 million house. Rodriguez’s attorney calls Cabrera’s monthly payments “inadequate” because her children don’t quite have the same standard of living as Cabrera’s three children with Rosangel. Cabrera’s legal team accused Rodriguez of “embarking on a mission to extort additional moneys to be used for her benefit under the guise of child support.”

Cabrera, 34, signed an eight-year, $248 million contract extension with the Tigers in March 2014, which officially began in 2016. He made $22 million in 2014-15, $28 million in 2016-17, and will earn $30 million from 2018-21 and $32 million in 2022-23.

Along with reduced child support payments, Rodriguez alleges Cabrera left her “high and dry” when it came to monthly expenses with the house he helped her purchase.

Cabrera has requested that the judge recuse herself from his case, as her husband has a title with Rodriguez’s lawyers’ law firm following a merger. He is scheduled to be questioned under oath during a videotaped deposition on Thursday in Orlando. Rodriguez is scheduled for her deposition on Friday.

Cabrera is not the only player to find himself embroiled in such a case. Bartolo Colon was also sued for back child support for a “secret family” last year.