Delgado Hopes To Return By Spring Training

MONDAY, 7:41pm: Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that Delgado has not received any offers yet (on Twitter). He'll likely have to prove he's healthy before teams show interest.

SUNDAY, 9:03pm: Veteran slugger Carlos Delgado is still recovering from surgery on his left hip but hopes to return to the majors this year, writes Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.  The 38-year-old has not played in a Major League game since May 10, 2009.

"If I am healthy, I will find a way," said Delgado, who is 27 home runs shy of reaching 500. "I know how to play. I don't want to retire. The reason why I put myself through three surgeries in 18 months is because I want to play. Otherwise, I would have just hung it up."

Delgado went under the knife last September for the third hip surgery of his career.  A month prior to that he signed a minor league deal with the BoSox that would have paid him a prorated portion of $3MM upon reaching the majors.

Before he signed with Boston, the White Sox, Rockies, and Mariners were among the clubs known to have interest.  The two-time All-Star said last November that he was still waiting for a call from a major league club and had no preference as to where he signs.


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EdinsonPickle
4 years 6 months ago

Good luck, Delgado. I always liked watching this guy hit, and I hope he finds his way back to the Majors at some point during the season.

pastlives
4 years 6 months ago

i just looked up his stats, his 2000 season is just ridiculous. .334/.470 (!!!!)/.664. cant believe he only made 2 AS teams

tacko
4 years 6 months ago

He was overshadowed by the fact that he played with the Blue Jays and the presence of big-time juicers like Giambi or A-Rod at the time. Not saying Delgado might not have been part of the dark side of baseball though.

BVHjays
4 years 6 months ago

If he’s willing to take a minor league contract, I’d have to think the Jays would have some interest. If Adam Lind can’t adapt to first base, or if Edwin Encarnacion hits horribly as the team’s DH, it would at least be fun for the fans if Delgado was brought in to take one of those roles.

nestorpistor
4 years 6 months ago

The powers that be need to get it done

guydavis
4 years 6 months ago

It would almost certainly have to be DH, Delgado was horrible at 1B before the surgeries. If healthy I’d rather see a shadow of Delgado at the plate than EE though. Good luck to the man, hope he reaches that plateau.

deere5800
4 years 6 months ago

On the one hand I’d love to see him in a Jays uni once again. But it’d sure suck if the Jays signed him and he struggled badly. It’s nice to remember him as a dominant hitter with the Jays.

4 years 6 months ago

It’s tough out there finding work for a guy with his skills and injury history. But given that he’s such a class act and that he seems more inclined to be grateful for a job than to haggle over a paycheck or a uniform, maybe there is hope after all.

nestorpistor
4 years 6 months ago

Carlos need to retire as a Jay. Come home Carlos.

BVHjays
4 years 6 months ago

Even as a bench bat, Delgado makes sense for the Jays. As of now, their bench looks like it will be Jose Molina, John McDonald, and Corey Patterson… All of those guys are fine for what they are, but it sure wouldn’t hurt to have someone who could come off the bench late in a game and actually get a hit.

sadp
4 years 6 months ago

Three hip surgeries dude. Three.

Green_Monster
4 years 6 months ago

I hope the Red Sox look into him. Give him a minor league contact ( If he wants one ). Have him play DH if Ortiz gets injured

Karkat
4 years 6 months ago

I suspect he would take a deal elsewhere. Most any other team could offer him a better shot at actual playing time. He’d certainly be nice depth to have, though.

Pete
4 years 6 months ago

Just as long as he doesn’t Jermaine Dye/Kenny Lofton himself and takes a sensible incentive-laden minor league deal, he would definitely be the best DH option for Seattle, Toronto, Cleveland or KC and I’d rather him over Loney in LAD.

4 years 6 months ago

1. Sigh… Kenny Lofton. Still probably had 3 decent seasons left in him.
2. I fail to see how Delgado would be a better DH option than a healthy Hafner or Jack Cust.

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 6 months ago

Is there such a thing anymore as a “healthy Hafner”?

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 6 months ago

The guy only 3 times in his carerr played 130 or more games a season

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Id like to see the nats get him, not that we exactly need him, i just want to see him play, oh and possibly boost ticket sales, maybe?

guydavis
4 years 6 months ago

I think you’re on the rebound.

Karkat
4 years 6 months ago

I’d be stunned if he can’t find a nice little incentive-laden minor league deal. Low risk, really high reward. I wonder if the Rays are interested? They could benefit from some depth at first, and a working Carlos Delgado could make that a really threatening lineup.

grownice
4 years 6 months ago

just what they need, another retiree lol

Karkat
4 years 6 months ago

What a better place to retire than Florida?

I am Urban Legend
4 years 6 months ago

I believe he still has his home in the Tampa Bay area…interesting fit

The_Silver_Stacker
4 years 6 months ago

not a fit though, with Manny TB’s DH

4 years 6 months ago

San Diego would be a good spot if Hawpe flops this year.

Karkat
4 years 6 months ago

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing (haha, Brad Flawpe). As an added bonus, Delgado could give some nice mentoring in sppring training/the minors to Anthony Rizzo, since he’s their future at first.

iheartyourfart
4 years 6 months ago

i like the idea, but SD only needs about a half-season out of hawpe (blanks should be up by may or june… ASB if they’re careful with him). If hawpe continues his poor play (doubtful), they probably wouldn’t be able to judge that until blanks is back… by the time you got delgado some AB’s, rizzo will be ready too. It would be a logjam.

guydavis
4 years 6 months ago

I just don’t see him playing first base.

unvme7
4 years 6 months ago

I’d take a chance with this guy on a minor league deal for sure. Let him get his swing back in triple A for a while and call him up when hes ready. Cheap and definitely worth seeing what he still has left. And you know hes just aching to get to 500 HR’s.

tacko
4 years 6 months ago

I used to love watching Delgado’s swing. His power-swing made the baseball just completely rocket off his bat when he made contact.

guydavis
4 years 6 months ago

Enter Ike Davis

Vossome93
4 years 6 months ago

Hey. Maybe The Cardinals Could Sign Him To Play 2nd…TLR Loves Him Some Veterans.

phoenix2042
4 years 6 months ago

or maybe the giants! for the same reason… side note: what’s with capitalizing every word?

Vossome93
4 years 6 months ago

I Don’t Know…Guess That’s Just How I Roll.

phoenix2042
4 years 6 months ago

makes up for my lack of capitalization. for that i thank you!

4 years 6 months ago

Maybe he’s an official Title Come-Up-With’er for a book publishing company and he loves his job.

BVHjays
4 years 6 months ago

Another thing to love about Delgado on a minor league deal: that is one guy I’d be thrilled for my team’s prospects to be hanging out with.

The thought of Delgado on the bench chatting with Brett Lawrie about not being a total douchebag almost brings a tear to my eye.

4 years 6 months ago

wouldnt be surprised if the Yanks get him to

I am Urban Legend
4 years 6 months ago

i was thinking the same thing

YanksFanSince78
4 years 6 months ago

Where would the Yanks put him, even if he were to have a good spring training? We are loaded at 1B and DH.

AKates10
4 years 6 months ago

J.P Ricciardi would rather have Lyle Overbay.

Jaysfan724
4 years 6 months ago

Delgado still is my favorite baseball player no matter what people say, and just to see him get one last chance and reach 500 would be a dream come true. A 2nd stint with the Jays would be the icing on the cake.

metsman
4 years 6 months ago

Delgado is a great leader and a stand-up guy. my favorite Mets first baseman of my era, and I hope he gets to 500 as a Jay.

4 years 6 months ago

Anthopolous…please sign Carlos. He needs to come home. And we don’t know how Lind will do at 1B and I just hate Edwin Encarnacion with a burning damn passion.

sadp
4 years 6 months ago

Thankfully baseball is not a democracy, and the team is not run by people who care about nostalgia. I’d wager Adam Lind will do better than a 38-year-old coming off his third hip surgery.

AKates10
4 years 6 months ago

He couldn’t hurt off the bench. The Jays need Lefty bats and leadership. I wonder where Delgado would fit.

East Coast Bias
4 years 6 months ago

Maybe some Mets fans on this site can help me remember… but wasn’t Delgado looked at as the “problem” in the locker room when he was in NY? Personally, I loved watching him play, and take notes on every pitcher in that book. He can probably be a great batting coach after his career ends.

I am Urban Legend
4 years 6 months ago

that was Adam Rubin trying to sell some papers. Remember all the non-sense about Delgado purposely not hitting b/c he didnt like Willie Randolph lol…and Adam neglected to say that Delgado was recovering from a broken bone in his wrist…

Adam Rubin is a racist ambulance chaser/sports journalist.

East Coast Bias
4 years 6 months ago

You know who’s a racist? That bald guy on SNY, not the overweight one. I remember him talking about how the two Carlos’ were ruining the “chemistry” of the team.

But yeah, Rubin’s had his credibility damaged a few times.

metsman
4 years 6 months ago

the fox news watching jingoists with ten flags flying from their chevys didn’t like that Delgado sat down for one god bless America song the day we invaded Iraq. Nothing worse than an athlete with principles, some people prefer a dancing bear.

4 years 6 months ago

He will be on the Mets before you know it.He had surgery and he will come at low cost.This is Sandy’s idea of Albert .a very cheap one.Carlos was my favorite Met but I think hes through though