Free agent 1B Carlos Delgado played in a game for the first time since undergoing hip surgery in May, going 1-4 in a Puerto Rico winter league game. Brian Costa of the Star Ledger has more details here.
Most of the chatter I have heard surrounding the idea of the Mets bringing the 37-year old slugger back on an incentive-laden, one-year deal has been negative. “That ship has sailed” and “too risky” are phrases I have heard more than once. While I agree bringing Delgado back would be a risk, if the medical staff deems him to be healthy enough to play in say 125 games, I’d do it in a heartbeat.
Remember when everyone and their mother thought Delgado was fried after a disastrous first few months of the 2008 campaign? All he did was explode in the second half of the season and carry the Mets the cusp of the playoffs. Without his scorching bat, the team wouldn’t even have had he chance to collapse. Besides, do you really want to see Daniel Murphy start 130 games over there? A semi-productive Delgado makes the Mets lineup pretty darn scary if everyone else comes back healthy.
I understand bringing Delgado’s presence back into the Mets clubhouse for another year would delay David Wright’s ascendance to the leadership throne in that room. I am willing to put that on hold for chance to witness another Delgado revival. You’d have to be far from confident that a 37-year old slugger coming off major hip surgery could survive the rigors of a 162-game schedule, but the rewards of trying to find outweigh what would be very little risk financially.