Tuesday, January 11, 2005

More on Delgado 

There's a great comment to my Delgado post from "Hightower", that I wanted to comment on:

Delgado, like the entire market, is overpriced. A one year deal makes sense, even for the per annum salary he wants, but guaranteeing 3 years' worth is pretty risky. He's older, and burly DHs in their 30s are really not _that_ hard to come by, after all.

The team has worked hard to compose itself from within, and that's what we'll see them continue to do this year. As we get into the last year of CHP's contract and figure out exactly where we're at with our own pitching, we'll be much more effective in planning and budgeting for the F.A. market.

Really, though, this year's free agents haven't been worth bidding on. The market's been a joke.


I don't disagree with most of that. As I've said before, I'm glad we've sat out of the Milton and Wright bidding. There are some deals out there that we should have pursued, I thought -- Lieber, Miller and Radke in particular -- but for the most part the pitching market has been overheated.

Whether Delgado is overpriced or not is, I think, debateable. I'd go 3 years, $36 million to bring him here. I'd consider a vesting option for the fourth year. But whether or not you think that is a good price, given his age and knee problems, is certainly something that reasonable people can disagree about.

However, my greater concern is the fact that the Rangers aren't vacillating on this because they think he's overpriced -- rather, from what T.R. Sullivan is saying, the Rangers don't feel like they can afford him when Soriano is here.

And if that's the case, they should have non-tendered or traded Soriano. Or maybe not given Hidalgo $5 million, or Barajas almost $2 million, or Brocail $1 million.

If they think Carlos Delgado is asking for more than he's worth, then fine. Don't pay him. But don't try to sell me on the notion that they'd like to sign him, but just can't afford it without moving Soriano. Because by doing so, the team is revealing that the "financial flexibility" they supposedly garnered from the ARod trade was simply not true.

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