Orioles: Carlos Delgado?
I've been ruminating on Carlos Delgado since it was reported last week that the Orioles will be following his performance in the Puerto Rican Winter League to see if he might be a decent stopgap at first base next season.
My first reaction was pretty dismissive. We're talking about a developing team adding a 37-year-old player who was limited to fewer than 100 at-bats last year because of a hip injury. What kind of message does that send?
Mind you, that was my initial reaction. My second reaction was more along the lines of "Why not?" The guy obviously is getting up there, but he's one year removed from a 38-homer season and -- even though he couldn't get healthy last year -- his ratios were still okay when he was at the plate. If you extrapolate his 112 plate appearances to match his previous season total, he would have hit 24 home runs and had 138 RBI. I'll admit that's not a legitimate way to analyze his statistics, but it is food for thought.
The Orioles need somebody to produce runs and protect the guys in the top third of the order while the organization waits for Brandon Snyder to graduate from the minor leagues. Delgado might be a decent short-term gamble if he shows he's healthy this winter.
What do you think?