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Mets interested in re-signing Carlos Delgado

Dec 2, 2009, 3:58 PM EDT

Carlos Delgado earned $12 million this season, so the Mets choosing not to offer him arbitration was a no-brainer despite his Type B free agent status. However, according to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post they remain interested in possibly re-signing him to a one-year deal at a lower salary.
As a 37-year-old who missed all but 26 games this season following hip surgery Delgado doesn’t figure to get any multi-year offers, but he did hit .298/.393/.521 before the injury and could be an attractive stop-gap option for several teams. In the Mets’ case that would mean keeping his left-handed bat in the lineup while waiting for 2008 first-round pick Ike Davis to show that he’s MLB ready.
Davis hit .298/.381/.524 with 20 homers in 114 games between high Single-A and Double-A in his first full pro season, so it looks like he could be ready for New York in 2011 or perhaps even the second half of 2010. His pending arrival should limit the Mets to either sticking with Daniel Murphy at first base or bringing in a veteran for just one season, and of the available one-year options Delgado probably makes the most sense.

  1. mike lupica - Dec 2, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    Craig, you have to STOP reading The Post.

  2. John Pileggi - Dec 2, 2009 at 5:45 PM

    Delgado did a good job when healthy in NY. And he seems like a good guy. But, Mets need to go in a different direction, if nothing else except to start a needed movement to a new generation. Beltran has a couple of good years left. Reyes and Wright are young enough to rebound from tough years. But, this team is a HUGE expenditure (as in Lackey, Halliday and a big bat HUGE) and filling in with Delgado is not a real make or break. Either leave Murphy there or try and trade for another big bat for first base. Delgado would be a good American League pick up.

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