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Sunday, January 16, 2005

Whither to, Carlos Delgado? 

The last top level free agent (until it's decided that Magglio is healthy) is probably going to sign with a team sometime this week. From all that I've been reading, it's down to the Mets, the Marlins, and perhaps the Orioles. Well, perhaps not the Orioles. Apparently, the Marlins' bid is $9M higher than the Orioles' last offer. That's a spicy meatball! And that's a lot of money. I don't think the Mets' offer is that high, but they just signed Pedro and the other Carlos, so maybe it won't take as much money, plus, the Marlins probably included a lot of deferred money like they always do in large contracts of this nature. The one thing about the Mets and Marlins is that they're both in the NL, which means no DH. I wonder if that fact will influence Carlos' decision in either direction. No one LIKES to play DH, so this might be a chance for him to play in the field every game. On the other hand, perhaps he thinks that 20 or 30 games a season as a DH isn't such a bad thing.

I like Delgado. He's consistently put up large numbers for a long period of time. Last year was a bit off, but his team really sucked, so I'd be willing to overlook those numbers a bit. The numbers were still pretty darn good. His defense is supposedly pretty bad, but last year he put up a 108 Rate2, which is excellent, but it is way off his career 97 Rate2. Still, 97 isn't horrible - it's just a bit below average. For a bat like he has, it's definately worth it.

Carlos Delgado fun fact: he played 2 games as catcher in the 1993 and 1994 seasons. And he played in 58 games as LF in the 1994 and 1995 seasons.
# posted by shawn : 1/16/2005 09:51:00 AM -
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