Mets “Very Interested” In Delgado

Erik Boland and David Lennon over at Newsday have a piece up reporting that the Mets are "very interested" in bringing back Carlos Delgado.

Delgado, who played in the Puerto Rican Winter League Sunday for the first time since surgery on his hip in May, went 1-for-4 as a designated hitter. As befitting a player who managed to play in just 26 games in 2009, the Mets are interested in Delgado on an incentive-laden deal.

Still, it is easy to understand New York's interest. Delgado was hitting .298/.393/.521 in 2009, one year after putting up a 2008 batting line of .271/.353/.518, including a tremendous second half.

Just for fun, let's combine rumors for a Delgado platoon with Mike Lowell, who was rumored to be in discussions to come to New York in exchange for Luis Castillo early this evening in a tweet by ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

Delgado, against righties, had a .912 OPS in 2008, .902 in 2009. Lowell had a .961 OPS against lefties in 2008, an .867 OPS against them in 2009.

In other words, it would be an offensive option that would likely leave Daniel Murphy in the dust.

The piece also reports that the Mets are interested in starting pitching, with Joel Pineiro their preferred choice.


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68 Comments on "Mets “Very Interested” In Delgado"


5 years 6 months ago

That’s a ton of money at 1B…

Mule
5 years 6 months ago

Boston was willing to eat 9MM of Lowell’s contract in the failed Rangers trade, so they may be willing to eat part of that contract along with the money Castillo is owed, perhaps 4-5MM? If Delgado will sign for a 3MM base with incentives that might take that up to 8-9MM–but won’t in the event of a platoon–then the total might not be as high as one might think. If the Mets can get a wOBA of .380 or so out of first base for around 12MM they should be happy.

Alex
5 years 6 months ago

The first part of your premise is stupid, why would they spend more money to get themselves out of a financial pit? To obtain a worthless aging backup 2B? Come-on, even Omar wouldn’t go for that one!

Mule
5 years 6 months ago

The Red Sox were willing to spend 9MM for minor league catcher who hit .234/.323/.336 in 320 AAA plate appearances last season. Granted Max Ramirez hit much better at lower levels. I also assumed the Sox would try to flip Castillo, and probably have to eat some of his contract–say 4-5MM–in order to get a mid level prospect. This would mean the Sox would eat about the same amount (8-10MM) and get the same return that the Texas trade netted them.

Anyway, this isn’t going to happen so its just a moot point!

Alex
5 years 6 months ago

The first part of your premise is stupid, why would they spend more money to get themselves out of a financial pit? To obtain a worthless aging backup 2B? Come-on, even Omar wouldn’t go for that one!

5 years 6 months ago

Not sure if it’s a ton for the Mets, but I wonder if Delgado would be willing to accept that type of arrangement. He’s got to have some type of offer for a full time job, doesn’t he?

From the Mets perspective, yes it makes a ton of sense.

asianpersuasion
5 years 6 months ago

It better be incentive laden.

John Gyna
5 years 6 months ago

No Lowell man. Please. I’ll take a shot at Delgado.
Putting a healthy Delgado in the mix with the Bay acquisition and possibly Molina too, that’s a snazzy lineup.

As for pitching, I really don’t want Joel Pineiro. He benefitted from one year with Dave Duncan, but he won’t, I repeat WON’T, do it again (put up those numbers).

The only market for the Mets to get pitching is to trade. (I’m not opposed to a Sheets, Bedard or Wang try, but you need a #2 first.)

Tommy2cat
5 years 6 months ago

If the Mets bring back Carlos Delgado, then they are moving in the wrong direction.

Sampsonite168
5 years 6 months ago

“The piece also reports that the Mets are interested in starting pitching, with Joel Pineiro their preferred choice.”

Kill me now.

andrewmets9
5 years 6 months ago

Desperate for power

Super_Hero
5 years 6 months ago

Delgado cannot run. I’ll be very scared every time he has to go from first to third on a hit. if it helps to save some money for next yr or pitching then ok but how low of guarantee money Delgado is willing to sign for?

5 years 6 months ago

I have no idea what the Mets are thinking, but I’m going to wait and see. I’m pretty sure these super secret plans are going to win us multiple championships.In all seriousness though, a Lowell/Delgado platoon might be expensive but it guarantees Ike Davis another year of development, as well as move Murphy to the bench, or make him a trade chip. So we’ll see.

metsfan08
5 years 6 months ago

reyes ss
hudson 2b
beltran cf
bay lf
wright 3b
delgado 1b
molina c
francouer rf

nasty lineup, if we get a good starter, look out NL!!!

karatemanchan37
5 years 6 months ago

I would switch Francouer with Hudson, seeing he has more speed.

Otherwise, I agree, a very balanced lineup (If they can stay healthy!)

MeTsOwNyOu
5 years 6 months ago

Francouer in the #2 slot?? I hope that was a typo. But in any case, that line-up looks very good if all are healthy. Any minute now we’ll be seeing a bunch of met haters posting all kinds of garbage

Mule
5 years 6 months ago

Batting Molina and Frenchy before the pitcher? There are a lot of 5 pitch innings in Mets apposing starter’s futures. I’m hoping Thole and F-Mart can contribute sooner than later.

mrbrklyn
5 years 6 months ago

How is that a nasty line up? Molina and Francouer would be garanteed outs. Delgado and Lowell together gives you half a player. Hundson in the 2 hole and your best hitter hitting 5th? Weird

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

“Molina and Francouer would be garanteed outs”.

Have you watched any Mets games in the 09 season since we got Francoeur? He was probably our best player. Sure, he isn’t the most disciplined at the plate, but when he makes contact, usually produces.

mrbrklyn
5 years 6 months ago

How is that a nasty line up? Molina and Francouer would be garanteed outs. Delgado and Lowell together gives you half a player. Hundson in the 2 hole and your best hitter hitting 5th? Weird

5 years 6 months ago

No way would they bring in both Lowell and Delgado, that would be silly-expensive and Lowell would be a $12M platooner. Ugh, no.

5 years 6 months ago

Sadly for Mets fans, this offseason not including Jason bay is going from bad to worse…

5 years 6 months ago

the mets did get jason bay.

Guest
5 years 6 months ago

there is no way that the Mets can get Delgado, Hudson, Molina, Piniero, etc… Whatever they do they will have a hole. They need pitching. They need Catching. They dont necessarily need a first or second baseman. They just want an upgrade. The fact that the Mets 09 rotation hasnt changed much this off-season makes me think that Pelfrey, Misch, Figureoa, and Perez will combind for 100 starts. Thats not going in the right direction.

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

Well, yeah. If they do that they won’t be going in any direction except sideways. It would basically be 2009 all over again.

SheaGoodbye
5 years 6 months ago

I’m pleased to hear the news about Delgado. Lowell would be good only we get rid of Castillo in the deal and if the Red Sox were to eat some of his contract. Piniero only at the right price.

JoseJoseJoseeee
5 years 6 months ago

No way Lowell/Delgado platoon. Way too expensive for an old, risky, platoon. I would be shocked if the Mets did that. I say bring back Delgado for one year, trade for Harang or Meche, and sign Ben Sheets. And maybe give Bengie Molina an offer if we have enough left over. But I agree the lineup with Bay and a healthy Delgado will be stacked.

5 years 6 months ago

There is no possible way the Mets can keep under the luxury tax threshold and do all of that.

Just not enough money.

5 years 6 months ago

mets need to move on from delgado.

johnsilver
5 years 6 months ago

Can understand why Mets fans would not want Lowell. He has little to no range anymore and don’t forget that his bat did not get rejuvenated until he came to a stadium that was nearly perfect for him, Land Shark stadium is like Citi Field, a place where homers go to die and Lowell is not that big of a HR guy anyway, his specialty at Fenway was pulling balls off of the wall for doubles and many of those? Nothing but 310-325′ outs at Citi Field.

One big thing that Mikey can help this team out with? He has been a consistent winner throughout his career and has performed very well under pressure, especially in the post season and is a club house leader. I cannot imagine late season troubles under playoff pressure with this guy on the team, he simply would not allow that to happen and take over as a team leader.

Mets fans may want to take that into consideration. Boston has a few of this type, or I would be more vocal in keeping him, still would prefer that ortiz be dumped somewhere instead, but one clearly has to go.

R_y_a_n
5 years 6 months ago

While I think Delgado is a good fit for the Mets (I think he can still put up a 25-30/.265/.365/.450 line, which is better than they’ll get from Murphy) they need to be spending this money on the rotation. Whether that means acquiring a Harang type pitcher (bad contract, upside) or going after Joel Piniero, they need at least one, maybe two more starters in that rotation.

jimbobeam
5 years 6 months ago

what is so horrible about murphy?

5 years 6 months ago

his stats

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

It depends on who you ask but to summarize: Murphy initially opened some eyes when called up from AA Binghamton in ’08 by hitting up a storm, and for a small sample of at-bats, appeared to show a lot of promise. However, in ’09 the Mets started him in LF and it was a defensive nightmare from day #1 (look for some of his “best” on 2009 blooper reels – no joke), and a huge embarrassment. Alongside this his hitting cooled off considerably and he became less of an offensive asset. Since they were intent on keeping him in the lineup, the team had no choice but to find another position for him. They put him at 1B with high hopes, and he learned to play it “on the job” at some point after Delgado went down. To be fair, although he started out kind of shaky there, he eventually adjusted and didn’t perform too badly in time. He even had some eye-popping plays (at least one of which you will see on 2009 highlight reels) towards the end of the season. However, in the end, and although he hit more HR’s than anyone else in the lineup (an embarrassing 12!), his numbers really did not represent the kind of power one wants to see from a corner infielder. Although there is some debate about it among both fans and analysts, many feel the Mets can and must find a better solution to the hole at 1B than Murphy. I have to agree.

Suzysman
5 years 6 months ago

For fun I combined the two players stat lines that Howard alluded to.

Based off 660 PA of a strict platoon (and 73% to RH which matches last years v. RH Average)

660 PA, 561 AB, 35 Dbl, 1 Tpl, 33 HR, 83 BB, .283/.380/.526/.906, .390 wOBA

That is about a 4.2 WAR player before whatever negative UZR value they provided on the field.

5 years 6 months ago

RElax guys this rumor is likely bogus (Delgado) as delgado hasn’t even played the field yet and that is the Mets major concern with Delgado. They are reaching big time to say thay after 1 game at DH that the Mets are “very interested” in bringing Delgado back, I’m sorry it’s not even believable! As far as Lowell goes, the Mets at worst would free up 2nd base for the same 6 million they likely would have spent to MOVE Castillo in the first place and get Lowell as a bonus for a RH Bat of the bench / 1B platoon or (more likely moved in yet another trade) if the rumor proves to be true

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

I’m not so sure. Throughout the offseason there have been repeated references to the Mets’ continued interest in Delgado in various articles and reports, and that started long before it was time for winter ball (and believe me, I was annoyed). Maybe I’m just blanking but I can’t think of any other 1B’s that have continually been linked with the Mets during this time.

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

I’m not so sure. Throughout the offseason there have been repeated references to the Mets’ continued interest in Delgado in various articles and reports, and that started long before it was time for winter ball (and believe me, I was annoyed). Maybe I’m just blanking but I can’t think of any other 1B’s that have continually been linked with the Mets during this time.

Alex
5 years 6 months ago

Yes, but why would Boston want Castillo? If they’re both bench players at this point doesn’t Lowell have way more upside? Better throw-in some minor league talent as well.

Suzysman
5 years 6 months ago

It puts them under the luxury tax level. Then they can probably easily flip Castillo to the Cubs for either Baker or Fontenot and a prospect if they eat a little bit of the cash.

Alex
5 years 6 months ago

Yes, but why would Boston want Castillo? If they’re both bench players at this point doesn’t Lowell have way more upside? Better throw-in some minor league talent as well.

metsman
5 years 6 months ago

Molina+Delgado+Pagan+Zambrano+Hudson call it day; we are ready to compete

Alex
5 years 6 months ago

Sounds great to me. I will pick up the NY Post the day after the first Big Z meltdown while he churns 18 mil of Wilpon’s madoff cash.

Alex
5 years 6 months ago

Sounds great to me. I will pick up the NY Post the day after the first Big Z meltdown while he churns 18 mil of Wilpon’s madoff cash.