Rockies acquire RHP Manny Delcarmen for RHP Chris Balcom-Miller

As reported by MLB.com's Thomas Harding and The Denver Post's Troy Renck, the Colorado Rockies have traded minor-league RHP Chris Balcom-Miller for Boston's RHP Manny Delcarmen.

In the wake of Manny Corpas' trip to the DL, the Rockies found their relief staff of RHP named "Manny" severely depleted, and dipped into the wealth of minor-league pitching prospects to patch the wound via trade.

Manny Delcarmen, in 44 innings stretched over 48 games, has posted a 4.70 ERA, a 3-2 record with no saves, a 5.69 FIP and 5.18 xFIP, and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 1.14.

Balcolm-Miller, in High-A Asheville, has posted a 3.31 ERA in 19 starts, going 6-7 over 108.2 innings, striking out 117 and walking 19.

Over the past 2 seasons, Delcarmen has seen his role as setup-bridge to Jonathan Papelbon dimish as his control began to fall apart (5.73 BB9 in 2010) and ability to get batters out on strikes also declined (6.55 K9). While still a serviceable reliever, Delcarmen has showed a decreasing ability to handle high-leverage situations, as evidenced by his -.31 WPA in 2010.

Along with his excellent K/BB ratio in Asheville, Balcolm-Miller has also shown a great tendency to keep the ball on the ground, posting a 2.13 GO/AO this season.

I personally feel we overpaid for a struggling, declining reliever who we've wanted for years, in hopes of shoring up our bullpen and making that final push into the Wild Card berth.

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