Saturday, January 08, 2005

The Delgado Saga 

We've got conflicting information coming out about the Florida Marlins and Carlos Delgado...

The Miami Herald is saying that the Marlins have offered Delgado a multi-year deal, citing "a baseball source with knowledge of the talks". This story came out late last night.

The Sun-Sentinel is reporting that the Marlins have offered a 3 year deal for over $30 million, according to "industry sources".

The Palm Beach Post, meanwhile, citing "multiple sources", says that the Marlins have made a one year deal, thought to be similar to the heavily-backloaded, one year, $10 million deal they signed Pudge Rodriguez to in 2003.

So who knows what the real story is...

Realistically, though, I find it hard to believe that the Marlins are serious contenders. Their home park is an extreme pitcher's park, so if Delgado wants a one year deal to rebuild his value, he'd be a lot more likely to come to Texas, where the possibility of putting up eye-popping numbers is a lot higher. And a multi-year deal from Florida is probably going to have a lot of deferred money, so even if they were offering three years at more than $30 million, the present value of the deal is likely a lot lower.

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