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The Red Sox reportedly turned down a deal that would’ve sent relief pitcher Manny Delcarmen to the Washington Nationals for first baseman Nick Johnson. The Nats need to improve their bullpen, and word is the Sox want to improve their power, especially if David Ortiz never comes around.
Nick Johnson is having a strong season for the Nationals (.336, 4 HR, 25 RBI), but usually finds himself on the DL every year. An injured Johnson is not an improvment over an ineffective David Ortiz. He’s also making $5.5 million this season, and will be a free agent at the end of the year.
Manny Delcarmen has also had a strong season with the Sox (1-1, 0.95 ERA), and is a bargain at $476,000 (though he’s arbitration-eligible at the end of the year). Thanks for keeping Manny!