Mantei joins crew of Sox set-up men
Mantei, who has been with Arizona since 1999, missed most of last season with shoulder tendinitis. In 12 games, he was 0-3 with an 11.81 ERA and four saves.
As the Diamondbacks' closer in 2003, the right-hander was 5-4 with 29 saves and a 2.62 ERA. In a 10-year major league career with Arizona and Florida, Mantei is 13-18 with 93 saves and a career 3.86 ERA.
The Rangers anticipate the 38-year-old Alomar being a backup to Rod Barajas and playing no more than 60 games. Gerald Laird, the AL rookie of the month last April before breaking his thumb, will likely start next season at Triple-A Oklahoma.
Alomar became a free agent after the Chicago White Sox didn't pick up his option for 2005. He hit .240 with two homers and 14 RBI in 50 games.
In 16 big league seasons with San Diego, Cleveland, the White Sox and Colorado, Alomar has a .273 average with 111 homers and 557 RBI. He has caught 1,237 games in the majors.
Hermanson, who became the Giants' closer in August and saved 17 games in the stretch, was not offered arbitration by San Francisco.
Hermanson will be paid $2 million in 2005 and $3 million in 2006 with the club holding an option for 2007 at $3.5 million. There is a buyout of $500,000.
The 31-year-old right-hander was 6-9 with a 4.53 ERA in 47 games, including 18 starts, with San Francisco last season. He opened the year in the rotation, going 4-4 with a 4.59 ERA.
Pascucci, 26, hit .177 with two home runs and six RBI last season.
The move was not a surprise for the cost-conscious Blue Jays because Delgado could command one of the richest free-agent contracts of the offseason. Delgado has received offers from Texas and Seattle in addition to a $12 million, two-year deal offered by the Blue Jays.
"They spoke to us the day after the season ended. They made a two-year contract offer that wasn't going to cut it," Delgado said. "After that nothing really happened."
Now the Blue Jays can't re-sign the first baseman before May 1, and they will not get any compensation if he goes to another club.
"If New York comes my way, and talks to me, obviously I will consider it," Delgado said.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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