Delgado Not Retiring; May Sign Mid-Season

Carlos Delgado isn't retiring, but you may not find him on anybody's Opening Day roster. The first baseman's agent, David Sloane, tells Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that Delgado will not be accepting any of the offers currently available to him, some of which are major league deals.

But Delgado does not plan on retiring. Instead, he'll wait for an opportunity to open up.

“When that happens, Carlos will be available," Sloane said. "We’re confident someone will sign him. It’s just a matter of who and when.”

This could mean Delgado joins a team mid-season if and when openings emerge around the league at first base or DH. Two of Delgado's former teams, the Marlins and Mets have some interest.
The 37-year-old is 27 homers away from reaching 500 for his career. Delgado hit 38 homers in 2008 and posted a .914 OPS in 112 plate appearances last year before undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right hip.


25 Responses to Delgado Not Retiring; May Sign Mid-Season Leave a Reply

  1. gocrazy 5 years ago

    He should talk to Kenny Lofton about this.

  2. dickylarue 5 years ago

    I hope the Mets don’t see this as Delgado rejecting them and then get hot and heavy and end up signing him.

    There are players who were on the Mets roster who need to go in order for that team to try to rebuild itself into anything.

    Delgado is one of them.

    Reyes is the other.

    I know I’ll get slammed for that, but Jose Reyes could care less about the Mets winning. He’s very talented, but equally immature.

    If the Mets ever trade him, he’ll be a star for the team he’s traded to. If the Mets keep him, he’ll be a problem for as long as he’s in NY. If you watch the Mets enough, you can feel this.

    If the Mets are serious about rebuilding and contending, as soon as Reyes shows he’s healthy and back to old form, they should trade him for a boatload of young players/pitchers and get out sooner rather than later.

    Getting Delgado and Reyes off the team will help that club even if it hurts their offense.

    • S8P7W 5 years ago

      “Jose Reyes could care less about the Mets winning.”

      Really? Do you have facts to back up this claim?

    • Rootdown 5 years ago

      Reyes goes balls to the wall at all times when playing.

      Just because a guy spends a ton of time on the DL doesn’t mean he doesn’t care about winning.

      He’s probably the most aggressive player on the team.

    • thegrayrace 5 years ago

      “… but Jose Reyes could care less about the Mets winning.”

      You mean *couldn’t* care less. Sorry, pet peeve of mine.

    • Infield Fly 5 years ago

      You are entitled to your opinion but I can’t even count how many things are wrong with what you said there – and I don’t see you backing your statements with anything useful.

      * You mention that Reyes is immature. I agree that in certain ways he is – or was… Time has passed since we last saw him play. Do you really claim to know where he’s at now? What, did you two go for a beer recently or something?

      * You said “…Reyes could care less about the Mets winning” – but if that is true, why is it the dude runs his butt off stealing everything in sight whenever he gets on base? Is he doing that out of boredom? Wow, yeah…how seriously immature!

      * Also, can you prove that there is something inherent in “immaturity” that precludes a player from wanting to win? Enlighten me. I really want to understand the connection between the two. I notice other immature players in the League, like Carlos Zambrano, and we all know he doesn’t like to win either. Oh wait…

      * Quoting you: ”If the Mets keep him, he’ll be a problem for as long as he’s in NY. If you watch the Mets enough, you can feel this.” No…you can. I don’t claim to have an all-seeing eye, or a personal hotline to God. However, I do have a connection to the various tabloids that take great joy in ripping him apart whenever the opportunity arises… Is that what you’re ‘feeling?’

      * Getting Delgado and Reyes off the team will help that club even if it hurts their offense. The “Delgado” argument is self-evident (that guy’s more of a statue than a position player now). Meanwhile, I’m still waiting on some kind of useful evidence that Reyes’ departure spells improvement for the Mets – especially considering: Wright’s power outage, Beltrán’s extended injury, that Francouer’s continued high level performance is not assured, and that Castillo is breaking down all over… Yeah, I’m really stoked to see this “improvement” you speak of.

      So…I’m ready for my enlightenment now. Should be pretty educational.

    • JohnLucarelli 5 years ago

      Thank god you don’t run this team.

    • dickylarue 5 years ago

      I know I’m not alone amongst Met fans who think that Jose Reyes is a flake.

      I’m not even talking about his injury issues here.

      I’m talking attitude.

      He’s been a huge part in two of the worst regular season collapses this team has gone through.

      Of course he doesn’t want to lead the team. He just wants to cash his checks and party in clubs until the sun rises on days he has a day game. I’m not the first person to allude to such behavior. Most of the beat writers of this team have speculated on this time and again.

      It’s not all his fault, but the mix is wrong on the Mets. Delgado was a sour puss who didn’t connect with the fans.

      Reyes plays the game his way team be damned. He rarely gives himself up in crucial at bats to help the team or have we forgotten his glove throwing incident vs. the Yankees.

      He may play balls to wall, but he doesn’t play smart all the time.

      He also isn’t a leader and on this Mets team, he should have developed into one by now.

      • SRT 5 years ago

        Good thing you’re ‘not even talking about injury issues here’. 2009 aside, there isn’t any to ‘talk’ about.

        What does ‘giving himself up in crucial at bats’ have to do with him throwing his glove down during a game against the Yankees?

        metsvilleslugger hit the nail on the head. Not all ML ball players are leaders.

        And don’t believe everything you read in the papers…..

      • Infield Fly 5 years ago

        He’s been a huge part in two of the worst regular season collapses this team has gone through.
        Yes…as was every other player who underperformed when those disasters occurred. Reyes is hardly the only player who was present – and disappointed us – during both seasons.

        He just wants to cash his checks and party in clubs until the sun rises on days he has a day game.
        Where you been chief? Players party it up all the time (and much, much worse). Next day they’re on the field same as usual ready for business. The ’86 Mets were notorious for that, and did it stop them from going out on the field and kicking butt all the way to the very end? Anyway, how is this an offense?

        He may play balls to wall, but he doesn’t play smart all the time.
        We’ve had a lot of ‘non-smart’/regrettable plays on the team, so that is hardly limited to one single position player. As an example few invoke, I could definitely live without David Wright’s airmail throws to 1B, and ever-increasing strikeouts (both problems which may improve, but at this point only one can be labeled a “fluke”). But I’m not ready to toss him in the garbage because of that.

        Most of the beat writers of this team have speculated on this time and again.
        Time to realize that the media has its own agenda – and to routinely regard what analysts say as fact is to be misled. Many of them are the same folks who picked the Mets to win the division during both those “collapse” years you mention. Their opinion is just that: opinion.

        He also isn’t a leader and on this Mets team, he should have developed into one by now.
        Since when is it the place of the fans or the media to appoint – no – demand that a player become a leader? Leadership can’t be imposed. It’s either in you or it’s not…and that’s for the manager and coaches to determine.

        You may not intend it, but much of your commentary comes off sounding like you’re saying, “I don’t like the way Reyes acts so he’s bad for the team.” The thing is, we all have players we don’t particularly like for whatever reason, but as fans we need to recognize the difference between our distaste for a player’s personal style and his ability to contribute to his team.

  3. explodet 5 years ago

    And Frank Thomas.

  4. flumesalot 5 years ago

    The mid-season game is great for aging/stamina issue pitchers. Not a lot of sense for non-fielding hitters that require seeing around a month of steady live in-game pitching before being near major league capable. A great excuse for one’s pride because you have yet to have an overpaid contract? Maybe.

    • wolf9309 5 years ago

      I’d guess it’s more of a surgery recovery thing. He probably decided after playing winter ball that rather than going out and embarrassing himself on the basepaths, he’d be better served to allow himself a little more time to recover.

      But then, that’s just baseless speculation.

  5. “Jose Reyes could care less about the Mets winning”

    Not only is this an unfounded erroneous impunity on someone’s integrity, you got the saying wrong and completely contradicted yourself. I’ll say this once clearly so you never spell it out incorrectly again: it is “HE COULDN’T CARE LESS”. Not could.

  6. melonis_rex 5 years ago

    Delgado to NYM makes too much sense not to happen. They still don’t have a 1B or a platoon mate for Murphy…..

    No, Mike Jacobs does not count.

  7. It would be nice to have Carlos come back to Toronto and hit his 500th. Unfortunately or fortunately (your choice) Delgado’s price and anticipated refusal to simply DH, are two negatives to the deal. Too much treasure, spent on one older player for sentimental reasons, flies in the face of everything AA has been saying so far. Would be wonderful (for sentimental reasons), but not likely.

  8. It would be nice to have Carlos come back to Toronto and hit his 500th. Unfortunately or fortunately (your choice) Delgado’s price and anticipated refusal to simply DH, are two negatives to the deal. Too much treasure, spent on one older player for sentimental reasons, flies in the face of everything AA has been saying so far. Would be wonderful (for sentimental reasons), but not likely.

  9. Infield Fly 5 years ago

    I agree it is important write as well as you can but l-e-e-e-e-t’s go easy with the “good English,” kind of criticism. One of the best things about this board is that it’s read by baseball lovers of all types and backgrounds – from all over. Not everybody’s English is going to be native or perfect. We just have to try our best. Still, I admit that coming off like a jerk and having bad grammar is the combination that does tend to make you a target…

  10. dickylarue 5 years ago

    Grammar nazi’s don’t scare me a bit.

    I don’t think Jose Reyes is a winning player. I watch the Mets constantly. I go to games. He has some of the worst body language on the field I’ve seen in a player.

    I also don’t think his game has developed commensurate with his talent.

    If I can’t share that opinion because a bunch of rah rah Mets fans disagree, so be it.

    But I find it hard to find Met fans who love this team as constructed other than the people who posted in this thread.

    If Boston offered the Mets Ellsbury and Buckholtz for Reyes tomorrow, I would jump for joy and take them and watch this team start to figure out how to come together and win for a change instead of making excuses for why they lose.

  11. Infield Fly 5 years ago

    I don’t think Jose Reyes is a winning player….He has some of the worst body language on the field I’ve seen in a player.
    If body language is your thing, cool, but personally I can’t see getting caught up in that. It’s too subjective, easy to misinterpret, and in the end doesn’t have all that much bearing on how he plays his game. On the other hand, having seen far more smiles, laughs and upbeat behavior from Reyes for several seasons before he fell into a sort of funk, and I have to wonder why you casually disregard those aspects to focus on the negatives. They’re pretty hard to miss.

    I also don’t think his game has developed commensurate with his talent.
    Here I think you hit the target, and I tend to agree. However, Reyes is not the first player to be “guilty” of this, and is still fairly young. He may very well hit his stride in the years ahead. Players just aren’t on our timetable, and we fans just have to live with that.

    If Boston offered the Mets Ellsbury and Buckholtz for Reyes tomorrow, I would jump for joy and take them and watch this team start to figure out how to come together and win for a change instead of making excuses for why they lose.
    According to this line of reasoning, if Reyes left, the team would suddenly come together spontaneously, which also somehow implies that he is responsible for any team disunity and its culture of losing. Find me the logic – and then find me the proof because both escape me here. For one thing Reyes was absent for much of last season, and no such thing occurred. For another, despite the couple of behavioral outbursts he had (and the customary beat-down by the media), I have yet to hear anything about Reyes being a polarizing force in the clubhouse. All I “hear” is you claiming he is.

  12. Infield Fly 5 years ago

    Considering how much jumping around and laughing I typically do, I find “body language” Nazis much scarier. I guess they’ll start ejecting me from the stands pretty soon…or trade me for a couple of fans who don’t trigger team disunity.

  13. Infield Fly 5 years ago

    Maybe we could trade it for…say…competent, knowledgeable ownership that cares about its fan base (beyond being a source of $$) and a “matching” front office? That’s one idea, anyway.

  14. Infield Fly 5 years ago

    Yeah….and it beats a Ponzi scheme any day!
    ;-p

  15. Infield Fly 5 years ago

    Oh that’s a good one!

    Well, we’ll call ours the “diamond” scheme. That’ll get ’em going!

  16. Infield Fly 5 years ago

    Boy is this team in trouble – from the top down.

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