Carlos Delgado On The Comeback Trail

Now that I have fully thawed out from the New York Jets game last night, I am able to write this morning. Last night’s Jet game might have been the coldest sporting event I have ever attended.

My feet were frozen and that was with wearing three pairs of socks. I guess a Jets win and a playoff berth helps with the thawing process. But I have to admit, it might be a long time before I sit in those type of conditions again.

Now on to some news about another New York team. It looks like former New York Mets’ first baseman is on the comeback trail.

Delgado is attempting a comeback

According to the Associated Press, Carlos Delgado went 1-for-4 last night playing for the Gigantes de Carolina in the Puerto Rico Winter League. It was his first game back since undergoing hip surgery in May.

Delgado’s one hit was a single to left field in the sixth inning.

Delgado’s stint in Puerto Rico is essentially an audition for major league teams. Delgado, who is now 37 and is a free agent, needs to prove he is healthy in order for a team to give him a contract for 2010.

Delgado’s two most likely suitors are the Mets and the Baltimore Orioles.

I personally think Delgado would be a very good low-risk, high-reward signing for a team as a DH, not as an everyday first baseman. Offensively, even at 37, Delgado has showed no signs of slowing down over the last couple of years.

He was a MVP candidate in 2008 hitting .271 with 38 home runs and he was off to a great start in 2009 hitting .298 with four home runs and a .914 OPS in 26 games. There is nothing to suggest he won’t be able to hit 20 – 30 home runs in 2010.

Defensively, I am worried how effective a 37-year-old coming off hip surgery can be in the field. Delgado was never the best defensive first baseman to begin with, so how is he going to be now after surgery?

Baseball is shifting to a more defensive game, so defense even at first base matters these days. And if you don’t believe me, all you need to do is look at the New York Yankees’ infield defense with Mark Teixeira as compared to their infield defense with Jason Giambi.

It was night and day.

Despite my thinking that Delgado is better suited as a DH, I would be shocked if he didn’t return to the Mets on an incentive-laden contract.

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