Spring training is around the corner and still many well-known names are looking for employment.
One of them is Carlos Delgado.
With only two weeks left Delgado is starting to wonder if he will have one more chance to play in a big league diamond.
The 37 year-old veteran is pondering if he will get one more opportunity to reach the 500 home run career mark. His only 27 homers shy of the 500 homers club plateau that will give him a chance to be consider hall-of-fame bound.
Probably the Florida Marlins will give him that opportunity.
According to a The Miami Herald report, the Marlins are considering Delgado as a much needed left-handed batter coming from the bench and as the same time to play occasionally first base.
The Marlins lost valuable utility-man Ross Gload to its East Division nemesis the Philadelphia Phillies this past winter.
The 17-season slugger fits both jobs but they are lingering questions.
The two-time All-Star missed most of the 2009 season because of a hip surgery. Delgado in 26 games hit .298 with 4 homers and 23 RBI’s for the New York Mets.
The slugger also according to published reports from various Puerto Rico newspapers is looking to make big money.
Furthermore, it has to be seen how Delgado and Marlins top brass will get to an understanding.
Last time Delgado played for Florida the story did not end a happy one.
Delgado in 2005 signed as a free agent with the Marlins to a $52 million- 4 year contract however the season that was supposed to be one to defend its World Series title turn to be an underachieving and sour one for the Fish.
As the Marlins financial storyline is well known in major league baseball, notwithstanding, Delgado hit .301, 33 homers and 115 RBI’s and finished sixth for the National League MVP award he was traded that 2005 winter to the Mets for cash and prospects being the main player Mike Jacobs who is looking for a job nowadays too.
Nonetheless, for Delgado this is not 2005. This is 2010.
As of the moment, the only other franchise that has express interest in Delgado is also a former team, the Toronto Blue Jays.
Delgado to show his healthy he played eight games of winter ball in Puerto Rico with the Gigantes de Carolina, hitting .280 with a homer and 2 RBI’s.
According to the same published reports from Puerto Rico, Delgado may opt to retire if he does not receive an adequate offer to play next season.
If he will become a Marlin again, time will tell.