Delgado Not A Fit For Blue Jays

WEDNESDAY, 1:54pm: MLB.com's Jordan Bastian writes that a Major League source told him Delgado "doesn't fit into the Blue Jays' plans."  But if you're concerned about Delgado's health, his agent told Bastian the slugger "would have no problems playing first base on an everyday basis."

MONDAY, 6:59pm: AOL Fanhouse's Ed Price tweets, the Mets have seen Carlos Delgado in Puerto Rico twice, and plan to see him once more. Price adds that Delgado "is not moving well". Price adds that the Blue Jays, Delgado's first team, might be a "more likely landing spot."

One would figure Price mentions this because Toronto plays in the American League, giving Delgado a chance to DH, but it isn't so clear where Delgado fits in there. Adam Lind is Toronto's best hitter, and fields like a DH. Lyle Overbay is left-handed, just as Delgado is. Just how much of a role Toronto can offer Delgado is not at all clear.

Where Delgado fits with the Mets is much more obvious- he stands as far likelier to excel as a hitter while playing first base than Daniel Murphy in 2010. If he can't move well enough to play the position, of course, he becomes a glorified pinch hitter for New York.

For his part, Delgado has been hitting in his time with Carolina, putting a .353 average up in 19 plate appearances, including a home run. He only began playing the field on Sunday night, however.


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71 Comments on "Delgado Not A Fit For Blue Jays"


5 years 7 months ago

Jays need to stay far far away.
We know Gaston wants Lind to DH.
Overbay seems like is unmoveable.
Wallace is going to be ready to play 1B soon.
The potential PR and attendance increase (that will not happen) for a Delgado reunion isn’t worth it. Sorry. Gaston already tried to ruin Snider, don’t need him ruining Wallace too.

5 years 7 months ago

Do you see Randy Ruiz fitting into the lineup anywhere?

5 years 7 months ago

Personally, I like Ruiz a lot. He’s proven everything he can in the minors. I know he’s old and what not, but for some reason – Jays management doesn’t care about him at all. Cito Gaston didn’t care for Ruiz (look at how often he pencilled him in the lineup last year). So no I don’t see Ruiz getting much of any playing time. Same goes for Dopirak.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

Gaston “tried to ruin Snider”?

How old are your, 13? This is the kind of boring, childish junk that gets pedalled at “offtheirmedsjaysfans”. Why not keep it over there, and let the grown ups post here.

5 years 7 months ago

Poor choice of wording? He didn’t try to ruin him but in effect through his stubborness and ignorance, he nearly did. Platooning the fifth best prospect in all of baseball (at the start of last season) with Jose Bautista is ruining a kid. There were weeks were Snider played 2 games IN A WEEK. So call me medicated if you like, the facts state that Cito hindered Snider’s development. Same goes for the fact that Cito ‘tried to ruin the Jays’ by putting KEVIN MILLAR in the cleanup spot numerous times last year. But please, go on about his two world series rings.

5 years 7 months ago

Wallace has played 1B in the minors for something like 2 weeks. He will not be ready to play there in the majors soon, and realistically they shouldn’t start his arbitration clock yet anyways.

grownice
5 years 7 months ago

i say let him play 1b all season in AAA see how hes doing , and if hes performing well defensively and offensively , i say a september call up is in order. but DO NOT rush him bluejays.

Ferrariman
5 years 7 months ago

does toronto already have a DH? if not, Lind could move to fulltime DH and Delgado can be the 1st baseman.

5 years 7 months ago

Are the Mets seriously retarded? Lmao

bomberj11
5 years 7 months ago

Did you just figure that out? You must be so proud of yourself.

5 years 7 months ago

A) Delgado can’t play first anymore, by the sounds of it.
B) Overbay is our everyday 1B and can’t be moved apparently.
C) Brett Wallace is 1B of the future and will be ready by June.

A+B+C = No!

grownice
5 years 7 months ago

wallace will be ready by june? man, whos gonna win the 2010 WS , i wanna place a bet.

wright_is_my_boy
5 years 7 months ago

http://www.rotoworld.com/content/clubhouse_relatednews.aspx?sport=MLB&majteam=NYM

pineiro for 2/15? is it close? i don’t know about this… anyone hear anything??

bomberj11
5 years 7 months ago

Man, if Delgado signs cheap, let’s say $3-4 million, LaRoche is in deep trouble. Excuse me, MORE trouble.

BradyAndersonsSideburns
5 years 7 months ago

this would be great for the O’s, I am very happy with the way they have approached the whole first base situation. I wonder if they are still in on Delgado as well or if they have backed off a little seeing that it’s questionable at best as to whether he can handle playing first base full time.

5 years 7 months ago

A Delgado return to Canada would be cool.

I like what the Jays have done with their offseason so far.

rustypriske
5 years 7 months ago

I agree.

People are looking at this as Delgado vs Lind. I see it as Delgado vs Bautista, because I think that a Lind/Wells/Snider outfield would be fine (though not great).
SIGN DELGADO (as long as it is no more than2-3mill +incentives.

grownice
5 years 7 months ago

ya but as much i agree a lind wells snider outfield would suffice, i dont think jays management feel that way. plus what do we do with ruiz then? i meen what else does this guy gotta do to get a shot! hes cheap! and for all we know could put up delgado like numbers in the dh spot.

5 years 7 months ago

Yes. Respective teams were trying to dump Bradley, Lowe and Guillen because they were on some random internet list – not because they were signed to horrific albatross-esque contracts. There are dozens of players who AREN’T on that ‘list’ and haven’t signed yet or took forever to sign too. You’re reading way too much into conspiracy theories there, pal.

5 years 7 months ago

im torn on delgado…as much as I love his power….his presence would block Murphy from growing and I still feel that Murph will be much better at the plate and in the field this year.

5 years 7 months ago

Ike Davis is going to supplant Murphy next year anyways, assuming all goes to plan.

Infield Fly
5 years 7 months ago

I respect that you feel that way but honestly, you show more faith in Murph’ than the Mets organization does. As for “growing” I am sure he could do some, but I don’t think he’s the hitting genius so many fans took him for when he first came up, and this wouldn’t be the first time a “promising” player didn’t deliver.

maristmetsfan
5 years 7 months ago

Any chance the Mets sign Laroche to a one year deal seeing as his options are very limited?

5 years 7 months ago

If the Mets are smart, while they play up the whole “we’re interested in Delgado,” they should secretly being discussing a one or two year deal with LaRoche.

If Ike Davis is actually ready by 2011, LaRoche can be traded easily since he’ll only have a year left (if the Mets were to hand him a two-year deal).

Either way, signing Delgado–even for minimal amounts of money–isn’t the best idea due to his poor defense and questionable offense.

maristmetsfan
5 years 7 months ago

I wonder if the mets try to get laroche on a one year deal seeing as he does not have many options left

Infield Fly
5 years 7 months ago

And I wonder if LaRoche woke up to that fact yet?!

SpecialFNK
5 years 7 months ago

please Jays no, please say no to Delgado.
the only reason Delgado would be there is to draw fans, and how many more fans would he bring in for the cost?
the Jays dont need Delgado. i would have Lind in LF with Ruiz at DH and wouldnt be surprised if Ruiz could have better numbers than Delgado. i really like Ruiz and think he could explode if given full playing time. regardless of his age he has had great numbers in the minors the last 2 seasons. he could pull a Nelson Cruz in 2010.
i really hope the Jays pass on Delgado.

5 years 7 months ago

I agree with you. Except Ruiz is three years older than Cruz. Also, it’s obvious that Cito doesn’t want to play Randy. Finally, Delgado won’t draw fans – hell Halladay didn’t bring in more people during his starts.

un4gettable
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah he will you can go catch a home run lol

5 years 7 months ago

I agree with you. Except Ruiz is three years older than Cruz. Also, it’s obvious that Cito doesn’t want to play Randy. Finally, Delgado won’t draw fans – hell Halladay didn’t bring in more people during his starts.

5 years 7 months ago

I love reading posts like this, everytime a player goes back to his original team vis a vi ken griffey jr. I feel all nostalgic inside. cmon jays, sign del-got-it!

Infield Fly
5 years 7 months ago

Perhaps….except that in baseball even nostalgia costs you money!

5 years 7 months ago

=) unless you already have a Delgado jersey from his previous playing days in Toronto that you can once again start wearing, almost feels like you’re saving money then, almost.

Infield Fly
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah…and then you get to call it a “throw-back!”
😉

DarthBusey
5 years 7 months ago

When your entire season’s hopes hinge around a 40 year old’s artificial hip, you know you’ve done a bad job constructing your team.

rickyledee
5 years 7 months ago

Did anyone ever sign Jacobs? (the guy we traded to the Marlins for Delgado a few years ago) I would much rather see a guy like him get a shot than Delgado. Sign Jacobs and let him and Murph fight it out in spring training. Whats with Minaya and signing all these senior citizens, I heard Smoltz might be coming also? Unreal

Infield Fly
5 years 7 months ago

See my point below. I placed it in the wrong spot.

Infield Fly
5 years 7 months ago

No, my friend…as a Mets fan you do NOT want that. Jacobs’ defense is ABOMINABLE. He’s fit to be little more than a DH, which is what the Royals used him as after they acquired him from the Marlins. Then they released him (with a 228/.297/.402 line).

jedicouncil
5 years 7 months ago

I cant believe AA is even thinking about signing Delgado, the Jays have a surplus of 1B/DH types already. It would be a COMPLETE waste of money, may as well burn it or just give it away to the fans who show up at games. What is Delgado going to do except take at bats away from others, he isnt going to get them into the playoffs during their rebuilding years. Total nonsence and shouldnt even be considered again…ever.

Spirit of '69
5 years 7 months ago

If Delgado can field and run it would be worth it for the Mets to bring him back. He can still hit and power from the left side would slot in well among righties Bay, Wright and Francouer. If he really can’t move and is more of a DH then he’d just be taking up a roster spot on the Mets.

Spirit of '69
5 years 7 months ago

If Delgado can field and run it would be worth it for the Mets to bring him back. He can still hit and power from the left side would slot in well among righties Bay, Wright and Francouer. If he really can’t move and is more of a DH then he’d just be taking up a roster spot on the Mets.

bomberj11
5 years 7 months ago

I wanna see Minaya give Delgado like 3 years at $18 million dollars per year. Now that would be funny!