Carlos Delgado is playing in the Puerto Rican Winter Leagues and is reporting no pain or difficulty with his right hip. He’ll play as a DH until the middle of the month then return to first base.
If there’s no problems with Delgado I can see Omar Minaya bringing him back for one year in an incentive-laden contract.
DELGADO: Won't likely offer arbitration.
Today is the deadline for teams to offer salary arbitration to their own free agents. Doing so enables them to receive draft pick compensation if the players signs with another team. OK, that’s the good news.
The bad news is the player might accept, and in the case of Carlos Delgado, he might accept and the Mets could be on the hook for up to $12 million, which is what he made last year. If I’m Delgado, I accept in a heartbeat because right now, with his injury history and age they won’t be lining up for him.
Another player is Fernando Tatis, who had some good moments with the Mets, but not enough to where he is a “must sign.”
If the Mets don’t offer arbitration and they become free agents, the team can try to re-sign them for a lower cost. Good luck in that. If Delgado proves he’s healthy playing in the Puerto Rican winter league, he’ll get a decent contract.
Should the Mets offer arbitration and risk taking back an aged player with an injury history or should they move on?
ON DECK: Mets bring back Alex Cora later this morning.