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Orioles may give Mets competition for Delgado

Dec 4, 2009, 1:02 PM EDT

Following yesterday’s report that the Mets are interested in re-signing Carlos Delgado, Roch Kubatko of notes that they may have some competition from the Orioles:

Carlos Delgado hasn’t started playing for Gigantes de Carolina of the Puerto Rican Winter League. The Orioles still intend to scout him later this month unless they find another first baseman.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens if there’s a multi-team bidding war for Delgado, because it seems unlikely that any of his suitors will go beyond a one-year contract for a 37-year-old who missed all but 26 games last season and is coming off hip surgery. However, it’s looking more and more like Delgado won’t have to settle for an incentive-driven deal and may be able to secure more than $5 million in guarantees after making $12 million last season.
He hit .271/.353/.518 with 38 homers in 2008 and batted .298/.393/.521 before being shut down in mid-May this season, so if healthy Delgado still looks capable of making a big impact. By comparison, Orioles first basemen (mostly Aubrey Huff, Ty Wigginton, and Michael Aubrey) combined to hit just .262/.318/.411 with 18 homers this season, ranking 12th in the 14-team American League with a .729 OPS.

  1. Jeff V. - Dec 4, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    No idea why the O’s don’t just toss Snyder out there at first on opening day. With Bell I can understand holding him back (his l/r splints and no time at AAA) but Snyder I think is ready for the jump, better to see what they have in him now then wait.

  2. Grant - Dec 4, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Nah, I don’t think Snyder is ready. I do think, however, that some combination of Luke Scott, Ty Wigginton, and Nolan Reimold could probably get the job done, though.

  3. Jeff V. - Dec 4, 2009 at 6:47 PM

    He hit in Hawaii, he hit in Fredrick, he hit in AFL, he hit in Bowie, he did not hit in Norfolk, he hit in AFL. His defense has improved a substantial amount in the last few seasons.
    He admits Harbor Park got into his head and that he changed his approach while he was there. The kid is a natural hitter that has maintanied strong BABIP and LD% wherever he has gone except Norfolk.
    The jury is out on if his SO/BB ratio and lack of power from a corner infield position will doom him as a major league hitter but why not let him try? If the O’s could get an impact bat to play first then ok but a 37 year old coming off of hip surgery?

  4. Maryland Cat - Dec 4, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    This is the kind of interest you would expect from the Oriole Organization. Can one wonder why they have been losers for thirteen years?

  5. Kirk - Dec 5, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    I can not speak for all Mets fans, but the O’s can have him! Good Luck and Good Riddddddddance.

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