Carlos Delgado has always been a guy who made sense for the Mariners — but far more sense when he was in his prime, or close to it. Now he’s 38, and hasn’t played since May 10 of 2009 because of a hip injury that required arthroscopic surgery.
Still, Delgado is a left-handed hitter with power (473 career homers, including 38 as recently as 2008) and the Mariners are wise to at least investigate the possibility of signing him now that Delgado, a free agent, is peddling his services. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX, the Mariners want to see Delgado work out before they decide whether to pursue him.
Rosenthal and Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago indicated that the White Sox are showing the most interest, with the Red Sox, Rockies, Angels and Mariners listed as possible fits as well.
Delgado’s agent, David Sloane, told Rosenthal that Delgado has already received two minor-league offers and would need a couple of weeks in the minors to get ready.
While the other teams could offer Delgado a chance to join a pennant race, the Mariners could conceivably appeal to him if they give him more playing time, and an entree to be part of their 2011 plans, presumably as a designated hitter. The Mariners seriously pursued signing Delgado as a free agent in 2005 but opted for Richie Sexson instead.
Levine reported that the White Sox have had “extensive conversations” with Sloane.
“We’ve been talking to a handful of teams who have interest in Carlos,” Sloane told Levine. “I epxect that he will be signed by as early as next week.”
Sloane also told Levine that Delgado had a private workout for a handful of teams, and
that not all the interested teams are contenders.
“No, at least one of the teams is not a contender, but it could be a nice situation where he gets a lot of at-bats and a leg up going to next year,” Sloane told Levine.
It may come down to whether the Mariners feel that Delgado trumps Russ Branyan at this stage of their careers.