When Carlos Delgado signed his four year contract with the Florida Marlins prior to the 2005 season, he spurned the Mets because he didn’t like Tony Bernazard’s pitch. Even Carlos Beltran talking to Delgado about what a great opportunity they could have with the Mets couldn’t get Delgado to sign here as a free agent.
Prior to the 2006 the Mets traded Mike Jacobs and Yusmeiro Petit for Delgado even though Omar Minaya knew that Delgado didn’t want to be here. Wouldn’t it be nice to have Mike Jacobs back? Hindsight is 20/20. In this case, foresight should’ve been too. That was a bad deal by Minaya.
Fast forward to last night. Delgado has two hits after sitting on the bench for two days because of poor play this season. He makes a couple of nice plays in the field including a diving stop that you never see him make. Of that play, the New York Times wrote:
Randolph praised him for getting his uniform dirty. “His uniform’s been clean for a while,” Randolph said.
When Delgado was told of Randolph’s praise he said:
“I’m not going to dive just to dive.”
There’s clearly a rift in this relationship. Just ask Sports Illustated baseball writer Jon Heyman. When he asked Delgado if he thought Randolph should remain as the Mets manager, Delgado said that he isn’t paid to think.
I can’t figure out what he is being paid for. It sure isn’t to play well at first base or hit with consistency or power. His only game is hitting for power and he isn’t doing that either. So I’d like Delgado to tell us exactly what he is being paid for.
Jayson Stark’s Rumblings and Grumblings column from ESPN on May 29, 2008 had this to say about Delgado:
Two different NL scouts told us in the last week that it’s time for the Mets to give up on the idea of reviving Carlos Delgado, a fellow who was once one of their favorite players.
One described watching Delgado these days as “sad.” The other put it this way: “He can’t field. And he can only hit [mistakes]. Anybody who can throw the ball with any velocity at all throws it right by him.”
I have to agree. The sooner that we get this faded star off the Mets roster, the better. He doesn’t want to be here and I don’t want him here either. There are plenty of first baseman that can put a glove on the ball and can hit. It’s time for the Mets to move on.