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Then he had a week in one afternoon at Yankee Stadium and never looked back. While the Mets floundered in September, Delgado sizzled, hitting .340 with eight homers and 22 RBI. He finished the season batting .271 with 38 homers and 115 RBI.
Those numbers warrant a return for 2009.
“I’d like to be back. I like this group of guys,” Delgado said. “I think they’re a great team. There’s a lot of talent here. In my stage, you don’t want to be bouncing around any more than you absolutely have to. The decision is in their hands.”
Since the Mets would pay Delgado $4 million regardless because of the buyout, it’s really only an $8 million investment they would be making. That’s not much in the grand scheme of things. The Mets have five days after the World Series to make a decision.
Delgado said he’d like to play several more years, but considering his off-year in 2007 and how long it took for him to get started this season, the Mets would be wise to make him earn the extension and not do anything until the end of 2009.
Should the Mets go the buyout route, there aren’t many appealing options in the free-agent market. Here’s what’s available:
Rich Aurilia (37)
Hank Blalock (28) – $6.2MM club option for ’09 with a $0.25MM buyout
Sean Casey (34)
Tony Clark (37)
Carlos Delgado (37) – $12MM club option for ’09 with a $4MM buyout
Nomar Garciaparra (35)
Jason Giambi (38) – $22MM club option for ’09 with a $5MM buyout
Wes Helms (33) – $3.75MM club option for ’09 with a $0.75MM buyout
Eric Hinske (31)
Doug Mientkiewicz (35)
Kevin Millar (37)
Richie Sexson (34)
Mark Teixeira (29)
Daryle Ward (34)
Should the Mets bring him back or not?
The question is how often should I do this in the off-season and when is the best time?
I’ll need your help on that and what else you’d like to see in the off-season. Please let me know what you’re thinking.
In the interim, please check in regularly for what’s going on with your Mets.
What happened this season? Who is to blame? Who stays? Who goes? Let’s talk about all that tonight.
If you have a question, I’ll try to give you an answer. I’ll post in the morning and plan to answer by the end of the day.
Here’s what we got the first day of this feature.
1. Jon asks: Since there’s no way to acquire all the players needed to fix the Mets, “Should I just stop caring now?’’
Answer: No. You’ve come this far, you might as well hang on. Seriously, they came within a game of the playoffs in a mediocre division. Assuming their bullpen can’t be that bad again, and having Ryan Church healthy for a full season, if the Mets for the most part keep the status quo they should be better.
2. RMKMets wonders whether all the demoralizing losses have caught up with the Mets.
Answer: I don’t think so. I don’t think that kind of malaise will impact every body, and that there will be enough of a turnover so it won’t happen.
3. PG wonders where Mookie was on Sunday.
Answer: I’ve asked, but was told he couldn’t make it. Nobody would say why.