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Diamondbacks re-sign Randall Delgado to minor-league deal

So it turned out, getting DFA’d was not quite the end of the road for one of our longest serving relievers...

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Randall Delgado is no more.” That’s what we wrote on July 26, when he was designated for assignment by the Arizona Diamondbacks. 512 years after coming over from Atlanta in the Justin Upton trade, he was cut from the 40-man roster to make way for new signing Matt Andriese. He had made it all the way up to fifth on the franchise list for appearances by a pitcher. But with free-agency looming, and Delgado having struggled with both injury (appearing in only six games this year) and ineffectiveness (a 5.14 ERA and 2:3 K:BB ratio), the team opted to cut ties.

However, it seems that he was unable to find other employment, for there was a surprising development this afternoon:

Of course, the team will still be paying Delgado the balance of his contract - he was owed about $810,000 at the time of his release. But this way, he isn’t taking up a 40-man roster spot, though that means he would have to be re-added if he is ever to become part of the active roster. This does make him potentially eligible for the post-season. Whether that happens will depend, firstly, on Delgado showing he is healthy, and his fastball has also recovered the lost velocity. Per Fangraphs, his average fastball last year was a career-high 94.2 mph. But that dipped to jut 91.9 in the games since Delgado returned, the lowest figure for Randall since 2013.

Right now, it’s very much a low-cost, low-risk move. If Delgado can get back to the form he showed in 2014-2017, when he had a FIP of 3.66, and struck out almost exactly a batter per inning (287 in 287.1 innings), then he’ll become another option for long relief in the bullpen. In a world where relief arms are taking an increasing share of the innings, especially in the post-season, there’s no harm in that.