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Portrait of Carlos Delgado

Carlos Delgado 1BBlue Jays

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
17 8657 .280 .383 .546 .310 46.7
Birth Date6-25-1972
Height6' 3"
Weight215 lbs
BatsL
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1993 TOR 21 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000 .275 0.1 -0.0 0.0
1994 TOR 22 43 159 130 17 28 2 0 9 57 25 46 3 1 0 24 1 1 .215 .352 .438 .269 1.5 -5.5 -0.4
1995 TOR 23 37 99 91 7 15 3 0 3 27 6 26 0 2 0 11 0 0 .165 .212 .297 .191 -5.6 1.0 -0.5
1996 TOR 24 138 563 488 68 132 28 2 25 239 58 139 9 8 0 92 0 0 .270 .353 .490 .287 18.5 -0.2 1.7
1997 TOR 25 153 595 519 79 136 42 3 30 274 64 133 8 4 0 91 0 3 .262 .350 .528 .295 25.0 -3.8 2.1
1998 TOR 26 142 620 530 94 155 43 1 38 314 73 139 11 6 0 115 3 0 .292 .385 .592 .323 45.1 1.0 4.5
1999 TOR 27 152 681 573 113 156 39 0 44 327 86 141 15 7 0 134 1 1 .272 .377 .571 .299 37.7 -9.7 2.6
2000 TOR 28 162 711 569 115 196 57 1 41 378 123 104 15 4 0 137 0 1 .344 .470 .664 .361 82.3 -6.9 7.0
2001 TOR 29 162 704 574 102 160 31 1 39 310 111 136 16 3 0 102 3 0 .279 .408 .540 .320 50.6 -10.1 4.0
2002 TOR 30 143 628 505 103 140 34 2 33 277 102 126 13 8 0 108 1 0 .277 .406 .549 .319 42.5 4.8 4.8
2003 TOR 31 161 705 570 117 172 38 1 42 338 109 137 19 7 0 145 0 0 .302 .426 .593 .331 53.4 -4.9 4.8
2004 TOR 32 128 551 458 74 123 26 0 32 245 69 115 13 11 0 99 0 1 .269 .372 .535 .291 18.4 5.9 2.4
2005 FLO 33 144 616 521 81 157 41 3 33 303 72 121 17 6 0 115 0 0 .301 .399 .582 .336 52.4 -3.7 4.9
2006 NYN 34 144 618 524 89 139 30 2 38 287 74 120 10 10 0 114 0 0 .265 .361 .548 .314 38.8 -2.1 3.6
2007 NYN 35 139 607 538 71 139 30 0 24 241 52 118 11 6 0 87 4 0 .258 .333 .448 .262 3.1 -0.7 0.2
2008 NYN 36 159 686 598 96 162 32 1 38 310 72 124 8 8 0 115 1 1 .271 .353 .518 .300 39.0 1.1 4.0
2009 NYN 37 26 112 94 15 28 7 1 4 49 12 20 4 2 0 23 0 0 .298 .393 .521 .324 9.3 -1.3 0.8
Career20358657728312412038483184733976110917451729301512148.280.383.546.310512.0-35.046.7

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1989 STC A- 31 113 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .320 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 STC A- 67 273 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .367 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 MYR A 132 528 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .330 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 SYR AAA 1 3 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 DUN A+ 133 553 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .348 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 TOR MLB 2 2 .275 .091 .283 .091 .214 .000 103 0 0.1 0 -0.0 -0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1 0.0
1993 KNX AA 140 581 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .339 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 TOR MLB 43 159 .269 .274 .340 .437 .267 .250 98 1.6 4.8 -1.1 -5.5 -1.4 1.5 -0.4 1.5 -0.4
1994 SYR AAA 85 354 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .343 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 TOR MLB 37 99 .191 .265 .338 .414 .260 .188 98 -7.6 3.0 -1 1.0 -0.1 -5.6 -0.5 -5.6 -0.5
1995 SYR AAA 91 387 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .361 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 TOR MLB 138 563 .287 .277 .347 .446 .269 .322 98 17.9 17.4 -11.1 -0.2 -4.5 18.5 1.7 18.5 1.7
1997 TOR MLB 153 595 .295 .269 .337 .425 .263 .294 95 22.6 16.4 -11.2 -3.8 -1.4 25.0 2.1 25.0 2.1
1998 TOR MLB 142 620 .323 .268 .336 .424 .265 .326 94 43.3 16.9 -11.8 1.0 -0.9 45.1 4.5 45.1 4.5
1998 DUN A+ 0 18 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .300 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 SYR AAA 0 9 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 TOR MLB 152 681 .299 .271 .342 .430 .262 .284 101 31.4 19.0 -13.7 -9.7 -0.6 37.7 2.6 37.7 2.6
2000 TOR MLB 162 711 .361 .272 .341 .442 .263 .362 94 84.8 20.1 -14.4 -6.9 -6.9 82.3 7.0 82.3 7.0
2001 TOR MLB 162 704 .320 .264 .331 .421 .262 .301 98 45.8 19.3 -13.4 -10.1 -0.9 50.6 4.0 50.6 4.0
2002 TOR MLB 143 628 .319 .262 .327 .422 .263 .302 104 39.8 16.8 -11.6 4.8 0.3 42.5 4.8 42.5 4.8
2003 TOR MLB 161 705 .331 .268 .333 .427 .264 .327 104 54.5 19.2 -13.3 -4.9 -3.8 53.4 4.8 53.4 4.8
2004 TOR MLB 128 551 .291 .262 .330 .423 .256 .283 108 19.1 16.4 -10.5 5.9 -6.3 18.4 2.4 18.4 2.4
2004 DUN A+ 2 8 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .143 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SYR AAA 2 9 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .500 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 FLO MLB 144 616 .336 .262 .328 .417 .263 .332 92 49.7 17.7 -11.3 -3.7 -3.6 52.4 4.9 52.4 4.9
2006 NYN MLB 144 618 .314 .270 .338 .441 .270 .269 90 37.4 18.6 -11.9 -2.1 -2.0 38.8 3.6 38.8 3.6
2007 NYN MLB 139 607 .262 .271 .336 .425 .261 .286 99 1.5 18.0 -11.6 -0.7 -6.4 3.1 0.2 3.1 0.2
2008 NYN MLB 159 686 .300 .263 .331 .414 .263 .279 94 29.6 19.8 -12.7 1.1 1.4 39.0 4.0 39.0 4.0
2009 NYN MLB 26 112 .324 .262 .334 .421 .267 .333 93 7.6 3.2 -2 -1.3 0.9 9.3 0.8 9.3 0.8
2010 PAW AAA 5 15 .187 .265 .331 .426 .259 .429 86 -1.2 0.4 -0.3 -0.0 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1989 STC A- 113 9 16 5 0 0 11 23 39 0 0 .180 .348 .236 .056 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1990 STC A- 273 30 64 13 0 6 39 35 65 2 8 .281 .387 .417 .136 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 SYR AAA 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1991 MYR A 528 72 126 18 2 18 70 75 97 9 10 .286 .398 .458 .172 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1992 DUN A+ 553 83 157 30 2 30 100 59 91 2 5 .323 .403 .578 .255 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 KNX AA 581 91 142 28 0 25 102 102 98 10 3 .303 .434 .524 .220 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1993 TOR MLB 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000 .000 .275 0.1 -0.0 0.0
1994 SYR AAA 354 52 98 11 0 19 58 42 58 1 0 .319 .406 .541 .221 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1994 TOR MLB 159 17 28 2 0 9 24 25 46 1 1 .215 .352 .438 .223 .269 1.5 -5.5 -0.4
1995 TOR MLB 99 7 15 3 0 3 11 6 26 0 0 .165 .212 .297 .132 .191 -5.6 1.0 -0.5
1995 SYR AAA 387 59 106 23 4 22 74 45 78 0 4 .318 .407 .610 .291 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 TOR MLB 563 68 132 28 2 25 92 58 139 0 0 .270 .353 .490 .219 .287 18.5 -0.2 1.7
1997 TOR MLB 595 79 136 42 3 30 91 64 133 0 3 .262 .350 .528 .266 .295 25.0 -3.8 2.1
1998 SYR AAA 9 4 4 2 0 1 6 2 0 0 0 .571 .667 1.286 .714 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 DUN A+ 18 4 5 1 0 2 7 2 4 0 0 .312 .389 .750 .438 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 TOR MLB 620 94 155 43 1 38 115 73 139 3 0 .292 .385 .592 .300 .323 45.1 1.0 4.5
1999 TOR MLB 681 113 156 39 0 44 134 86 141 1 1 .272 .377 .571 .298 .299 37.7 -9.7 2.6
2000 TOR MLB 711 115 196 57 1 41 137 123 104 0 1 .344 .470 .664 .320 .361 82.3 -6.9 7.0
2001 TOR MLB 704 102 160 31 1 39 102 111 136 3 0 .279 .408 .540 .261 .320 50.6 -10.1 4.0
2002 TOR MLB 628 103 140 34 2 33 108 102 126 1 0 .277 .406 .549 .271 .319 42.5 4.8 4.8
2003 TOR MLB 705 117 172 38 1 42 145 109 137 0 0 .302 .426 .593 .291 .331 53.4 -4.9 4.8
2004 SYR AAA 9 2 5 2 0 1 4 0 0 0 0 .556 .556 1.111 .556 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 DUN A+ 8 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .625 .375 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 TOR MLB 551 74 123 26 0 32 99 69 115 0 1 .269 .372 .535 .266 .291 18.4 5.9 2.4
2005 FLO MLB 616 81 157 41 3 33 115 72 121 0 0 .301 .399 .582 .280 .336 52.4 -3.7 4.9
2006 NYN MLB 618 89 139 30 2 38 114 74 120 0 0 .265 .361 .548 .282 .314 38.8 -2.1 3.6
2007 NYN MLB 607 71 139 30 0 24 87 52 118 4 0 .258 .333 .448 .190 .262 3.1 -0.7 0.2
2008 NYN MLB 686 96 162 32 1 38 115 72 124 1 1 .271 .353 .518 .247 .300 39.0 1.1 4.0
2009 NYN MLB 112 15 28 7 1 4 23 12 20 0 0 .298 .393 .521 .223 .324 9.3 -1.3 0.8
2010 PAW AAA 15 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 6 0 0 .231 .286 .231 .000 .187 -1.1 -0.0 -0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2007 18 0.3889 0.7222 0.7692 0.8571 0.6364 0.8333 0.7143 0.2308
2008 2444 0.4386 0.5014 0.7541 0.6968 0.3477 0.8139 0.6604 0.2459
2009 401 0.4190 0.4788 0.7708 0.6667 0.3433 0.8661 0.6375 0.2292
Career28630.43550.49960.75650.69360.34890.82130.65750.2435

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2010-08-16 2010-09-07 Minors 22 0 Left Hip Cartilage Injury Labrum Tear -
2010-02-15 2010-02-15 FA 0 0 Right Hip Surgery Labrum Reconstruction and Microfracture 2010-02-15
2009-08-12 2009-08-12 On-Alr 0 0 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2009-05-11 2009-10-05 60-DL 147 132 Right Hip Surgery Labrum Tear and Cam Impingement 2009-05-21
2009-04-27 2009-05-02 DTD 5 4 Right Hip Impingement Bone Spurs -
2008-03-17 2008-03-20 Camp 3 0 Forearm Soreness -
2008-03-01 2008-03-10 Camp 9 0 Right Hip Impingement -
2007-09-30 2007-10-01 DTD 1 1 Left Hand Fracture HBP -
2007-09-05 2007-09-21 DTD 16 14 Right Hip Strain Hip Flexor -
2007-08-16 2007-08-21 DTD 5 4 Left Knee Hyperextension -
2007-05-16 2007-05-16 DTD 0 0 Left Fingers Contusion Little Finger -
2007-03-06 2007-03-11 Camp 5 0 Neck Stiffness -
2006-10-30 2006-10-30 Off 0 0 Left Elbow Surgery Tennis Elbow 2006-10-30
2006-10-23 2006-10-23 Off 0 0 Right Wrist Surgery Carpal Tunnel 2006-10-23
2006-09-30 2006-10-04 DTD 4 2 Left Trunk Soreness Ribcage - -
2006-07-27 2006-07-29 DTD 2 1 Right Knee Contusion Soreness -
2006-07-08 2006-07-09 DTD 1 2 Right Hand Contusion HBP - -
2006-06-29 2006-07-02 DTD 3 3 Right Trunk Soreness Rib Cage -
2006-03-06 2006-03-07 Camp 1 0 Left Elbow Soreness -
2005-07-28 2005-08-13 15-DL 16 17 Left Elbow Soreness -
2005-03-04 2005-03-11 Camp 7 0 Left Elbow Soreness -
2004-05-30 2004-07-06 15-DL 37 33 Right Trunk Strain Rib Cage -
2004-05-25 2004-05-26 DTD 1 0 Right Knee Soreness While Making Catch -
2004-03-28 2004-03-31 Camp 3 0 Left Knee Soreness -
2003-07-07 2003-07-08 DTD 1 0 Left Knee Contusion -
2003-04-24 2003-04-25 DTD 1 1 Left Contusion -
2002-10-01 2002-10-01 Off 0 0 Left Knee Surgery Debridement Underneath Patellar Tendon 2002-10-01
2002-08-09 2002-08-25 15-DL 16 15 Low Back Tightness -
2002-08-04 2002-08-08 DTD 4 4 - Low Back Soreness - -
2002-07-16 2002-07-16 DTD 0 0 Right Knee Inflammation -
2002-03-24 2002-03-28 Camp 4 0 - Neck Stiffness - -
1999-09-23 1999-10-03 15-DL 10 9 - Lower Leg Fracture Foul Ball - -
1998-04-01 1998-04-21 15-DL 20 18 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Labrum 1998-01-19 -
1998-01-19 1998-01-19 Off 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum 1998-01-19 -
1996-12-17 1996-12-17 Off 0 0 Right Wrist Surgery 1996-12-17 -
1996-12-11 1996-12-11 Off 0 0 Right Knee Surgery 1996-12-11 -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2009 NYN $12,000,000
2008 NYN $16,000,000
2007 NYN $14,500,000
2006 NYN $13,500,000
2005 FLO $4,000,000
2004 TOR $18,500,000
2003 TOR $17,500,000
2002 TOR $19,400,000
2001 TOR $13,650,000
2000 TOR $6,600,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
10 yrPrevious$135,650,000
10 yrTotal$135,650,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
15 y 2 dDavid Sloane4 yr/$52M (05-08)+09 opt

Details
  • NYM exercised $12M 09 club option 10/31/08
  • acquired in trade from FL 11/05 (FL pays NYM $7M)
  • signed as a free agent from TOR 1/05, 4 year/$52M (05-08)+09 opt
  • 05:$4M, 06:$13.5M, 07:$14.5M, 08:$16M, 09:$16M option (vests based on MVP voting rank) (if 09 option does not vest, club has $12M option $4M buyout)
  • 4 year/$68M (01-04) $4.8M signing bonus
  • complete no-trade protection
  • $50K All Star bonuses
  • 01:$10M, 02:$17.2M, 03:$17.5M, 04:$18.5M
  • 3year/$36M (00-02)

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
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Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
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Comparable Players (Similarity Index )

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2011 Carlos Delgado missed most of the season with problems in his non-surgically repaired hip and was unable to help the Sox fill their first-base needs.
2010 Delgado's strong second half in 2008 convinced the Mets to pick up his $12 million option, and he made that decision look good in the early going. Sadly, his hip was on the verge of collapse, with a bone spur and a torn labrum (the latter of which hereby is awarded the first annual Baseball Prospectus Most Popular New Injury citation). Delgado played with pain into early May and then underwent surgery. The rehabilitation was endless and when Delgado strained an oblique while running, the injury proved fatal to hopes that he would return. A free agent at this writing, Delgado is playing winter ball in the hopes of showing suitors that he can still play. Delgado was not terribly mobile before the injury and should probably be limited to DH duty, but the Mets are reportedly open to bringing him back.
2009 After already slipping badly in 2007, Delgado was hitting .229/.306/.396 almost three months into the season. Throngs of Val Pascucci backers were set to march on Shea, but in the first game of a home-and-home doubleheader at Yankee Stadium on June 27, Delgado hit two homers and doubled while setting a club record with nine RBI. From that game onward he put up a .308/.392/.626 line with 27 homers in 372 PAs, helping carry the Mets throughout the second half. The turnaround was attributed primarily to Delgado's going the other way with the high fastballs with which pitchers had been toasting him. His unexpected surge made it an easy call for the Mets to pick up his $12 million 2009 option. He's 31 homers from 500, which combined with the walk year gives Delgado plenty of incentive.
2008 Last year was Delgado's age-35 season, but he looked more like 45. Coming off elbow and wrist surgery over the winter, Delgado developed a sore neck in spring training, and during the season he hyper-extended his left knee, strained a hip, then finished the season with a fractured hand. Even if healthy, Delgado needs a platoon partner and another ballpark-he has struggled at Shea Stadium in both seasons as a Met. After a dreadful April, Delgado shaped up enough to hit .274/.348/.489 the rest of the way. Those numbers are below average for a NL first baseman, but unless Delgado moves into a more favorable environment, they would seem to be his best-case scenario for the near term. This from a player that is going to cost the Mets $20 million this year: $16 million for the final year of his contract and, barring some sort of miracle return to form, $4 million to buy out his 2009 option at the end of the year and make him go away.
2007 As with Beltran, the home fans didn`t see the best of Delgado last year--he batted .304/.390/.608 on tour but just .226/.331/.487 in soon-to-be dismantled Shea Stadium. The Marlins kick in $2 million of his $13.5 million salary this year, and $4 million of his $16 million in 2008, so although the contract was designed to be backloaded, it doesn`t work out that way for the Mets. Delgado`s season was terrific by the standards of Mets first basemen in the post-John Olerud era, but a bit less than his best. Delgado`s 2006 level of play seems representative of his true level of ability, making a reversion to his 2003/2005 form unlikely. That should nevertheless be enough for the Mets over the final two years of his contract.
2006 Shea Stadium isn`t going to hurt him anymore than Dolphins Stadium did, and that wasn`t much. There is no doubt that in the short term he will be the best first baseman the Mets have had since John Olerud left town. We can speculate on two potential problems: First, Delgado`s defense is scary bad and it`s not likely to get any better. Second, he`s signed through 2008, with a club option for 2009. Many of his PECOTA comps are guys like Luzinski and Powell, players whose careers didn`t have big second acts or soft landings. It could be that the Mets will be back in the first base hunt sooner than they think.
2005 He's still an excellent hitter. Delgado's 2004 line was killed by his attempts to play through a rib-cage injury. He spent June on the disabled list, then came back to hit .305/.408/.625 after the All-Star break. His overall numbers and the perception that he was overpaid the last few years in Toronto have diminished the market for him. Still, with the Mets and Marlins reportedly bidding—one report had the Fish offering three years, $35 million—The Slender One may not be a bargain.
2003 The grand prize winner in Gord Ash’s Big Buck Bonanza after the 2000 season. While the new regime would love to move the remaining $36 million owed Delgado, the simple fact is that he is comfortable in Toronto and has a no-trade clause he won’t waive. The good news is that he’ll continue to be one of the top 15 hitters in the league over the final two years of the deal. Delgado has deteriorated against southpaws (.238/.325/.360 last year), to the point where Tosca should remove him from the lineup and spot Josh Phelps at first base once a week.
2002 When heads start rolling, the finger pointing follows. With Delgado suffering an off-year and carrying the team’s heftiest contract, many digits were aimed his way in the off-season. Being the best player on the Blue Jays’ roster wasn’t enough; management expected him to take responsibility for everybody else’s performance as well. Most of Delgado’s problems last year were due to his struggles against left-handers—his OPS against southpaws fell nearly 180 points from his 1998-2000 performance. There is nothing in Delgado’s peripheral numbers to suggest he won’t return a monster in 2002.
2001 It's interesting to note that in a season in which Carlos Delgado's defensive reputation improved, his Prospectus Fielding Runs score continued its decline. Of course, a .363 EqA means that no one is really talking about Delgado's defense. Delgado is a complete hitter, comparable to what Frank Thomas was throughout the 1990s. The Wilton projection looks pessimistic; another 100 extra-base-hit season is unlikely, but a performance closer to a .360 EqA seems within reach.
2000 About as consistent a power threat as you can ask for, Delgado continues to improve his game each season. His defense, once a disaster, has become passable, and he’s gotten better at hitting left-handers every year that he’s been a regular. He’s a younger, more lithe Mo Vaughn. In something of a surprise, the Jays re-signed Delgado to a three-year deal worth about $36 million.
1999 Delgado's fast comeback was a huge surprise, and he went on to enjoy his best season yet. For sluggers, doing this at this age isn't extraordinary. He's consistently improved parts of his game; in '98 he started hitting left-handers well, and worked his way to being adequate in the field. Statistically, the expectation should be that he won't be much better than he's been, but I can't shake the feeling that he's going to have a better career than your typical slow slugger.
1998 The years he lost to organizational silliness will cost him a chance at some career milestones. Delgado has great power to all fields, and his improvement against left-handers continued in 1997. Development from this point will be comparable to Mo Vaughn’s, with some average traded for some power.
1997 Exhibit A on how not to treat a top prospect. Delgado came up in ’94 and was red hot. When the inevitable adjustment period came, the Blue Jays lacked the fortitude to ride it out, and Delgado was undone with extended time on the bench sprinkled with three weeks of spot starts. Then the organization decided it needed to show it was serious about the season by playing Mike Huff. Delgado was demoted, and was allowed to show that he still had nothing left to learn in the minors for almost two years before the team finally, grudgingly, handed him the lineup slot that should have been his all along. His days at catcher or in the outfield are over; he’ll either get first base if the Jays come to their senses about Joe Carter or continue to DH.
1996  Should be the DH on the 1996 team, but seems to be undergoing serious transitional problems to the major leagues. His struggles in winter ball are also worrisome. However, his upside is tremendous and he really dominated AAA last year. The Jays should certainly give him a shot, because he could be the best hitter on their team. With the departure of Molitor, I don't see how the Jays can't let Delgado get 400-500 at bats this year.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-01-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)I know Carlos Delgado isn't up for election until 2015, but given that a comparable player (on another site) is Fred McGriff (though McGriff's JAWS socre is higher than Delgado's; 40.7 to 36.3, though their peaks are very close, off by 1 point, with McGriff's being higher), do you forecast that he'll experience a similar voting path McGriff is currently experiencing? Of course, their eligibility windows are different entities, and it may be somewhat like comparing apples to oranges, but the big link between the two is that their careers overlapped the PED era.
(Mike Shumka from Milton, Ontario)
Yeah, I don't see Delgado getting anywhere in the voting if McGriff doesn't. It doesn't help his cause that nothing he did after age 34 had much value, WAR-wise. (Jay Jaffe on the Hall of Fame)
2011-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any thoughts on Carlos Delgado retiring? How soon until we see someone called "the next Carlos Delgado"?
(mef from Brooklyn)
I thought he retired three years ago. (Jason Parks)
2011-04-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Carlos Delgado: HoF? I'm going with 'no'.
(Mountainhawk from Salem, MA)
I'm with you. Too bad he couldn't have stayed behind the plate. His raw counting stats are going to look a little light compared to his contemporaries. Like you, I await Jay Jaffe's judgement. (Ken Funck)
2010-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Harper comp - Carlos Delgado? Or is he better?
(Bob from Seattle)
It's not perfect, but I don't hate it. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see any free agents with solid fantasy value out there? Jermaine Dye, Elijah Dukes, Pedro, am I forgetting somebody?
(dangor from New York)
John Smoltz, at least as a reliever, is somebody who can help if he's so inclined, though I guess he's content to go the broadcast route for the moment. A healthy Jarrod Washburn can certainly sponge up a useful number of innings. David Weathers is a handy reliever to have around even at his age. Carlos Delgado might still have something left once he recovers from hip surgery. Gary Sheffield is still a badass who can be a useful bench bat if so inclined, and Joe Crede can pick it at the hot corner if his back is right. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-02-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are there any free agents left unsigned who could be useful to contending teams?
(garethbluejays1 from Newcastle, UK)
I realize it's a well-kept secret that Johnny Damon is still looking for work. Beyond him, Russell Branyan, Rocco Baldelli, Joe Beimel, Carlos Delgado, Jermaine Dye, Pedro Martinez, Chan Ho Park, John Smoltz, Gary Sheffield and Jarrod Washburn all strike me as players who could help somebody win. Not necessarily by getting 500 PA worth of playing time, mind you, and maybe not getting enough playing time to satisfy their own estimations of their talent. Park can pitch out of my bullpen, but if he wants to start, fuggedaboutit. (Jay Jaffe)
2009-12-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Montero or Vizcaino will be moved for Halladay?
(Mike from Utica,NY)
I have no idea. I do think that if the Yankees want Halladay, Montero is going to have to be in the deal. Montero in Toronto would suddenly remind a lot of people of Carlos Delgado, who also came up as a catcher and ended up quickly moving to 1B. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-08-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)A question about Carlos Delgado, whose injury has kind of been lost in the shuffle of Mets injuries, is he coming back this year, and is he worth taking a flyer on resigning to an incentive-laden one year deal given the lack of big bats available in free agency? When he was healthy, he hit.
(J.P. from Hartford)
He should be back in September. There's no reason to rush him now and he will be auditioning for that kind of contract. With Beltran's uncertainty, I doubt the Mets will re-sign Delgado quickly, though there's probably a number where it would make sense. Delgado should come back from the hip well, though we've only had successes with the FAIL operation so far. (Will Carroll)
2009-07-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)What made you think that the Mets would finish in 1st place as recently as a few weeks ago? They are a terrible team with no hope of getting better this season. They are a lot more likely to finish 4th than 1st.
(James from N.Y. )
At the time, I expected them to get two of the top 15 or so players in baseball back much sooner than they have, with Carlos Delgado returning as well. I was pretty wrong about that, and therefore, my confidence in the Mets was misplaced. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-06-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)How is Carlos Delgado doing?
(Stan from Philly)
He's spending a lot of time with the stationary bike and I heard he's lost some weight. (Will Carroll)
2009-05-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will, Carlos Delgado was just dropped in my fantasy league. Can I expect him to be his regular self when he returns?
(jimnabby from Santa Monica)
I think he's worth a gamble, but that hip is problematic. Could you live with him missing time every so often or even a DL slot? (Will Carroll)
2008-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)When mainstream writers contend that Carlos Delgado should be NL MVP, what do you think their thought process is. Do they really believe that he has been more valuable to the Mets than Wright, Reyes, Beltran, and Santana? Do they just want enrage the "Vorpies" out there that actually trust sophisticated stats over RBIs and naked eye observations? Are they blinded by his brilliant smile?
(blaseta from Calgary)
I think for the most part, they're looking at RBI totals and the timing of those RBI. I think it has less to do with pissing statheads off than it does with the very understandable human tendency to apply narratives that simplify much more complicated series of events into a digestable form. "He got the big hits - just look at the numbers," is about as simple an MVP rubric as there is, and plenty of writers are content to let their "analysis" stop there. (Jay Jaffe)
2008-09-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know a Mets fan, and he says that Carlos Delgado should be the NL MVP or thereabouts, what's your say in the matter?
(Steve from ND)
He's awfully parochial, but what would you expect from a New Yorker? (Christina Kahrl)
2008-08-29 12:00:00 (link to chat)Who slipped the fountain of youth elixir into Carlos Delgado's Gatorade?
(dianagramr from NYC)
It's remarkable...since that game against the Yankees where he drove in nine, he's at .310/.402/.648 in 249 plate appearances. I was really down on Delgado being an impact player again before this season, and was throwing rocks at his empty bandwagon in the first couple of months, so I didn't see this turnaround coming at all. On the Mets broadcasts they have made the point that he has taken the ball the other way a lot more, hitting to the opposite field, which has helped key his run. Tim Kurkjian also said on ESPN.com the other day that scouts have told him that Delgado made an adjustment to be able to catch up to fastballs up in the zone again. (Caleb Peiffer)
2008-07-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you believe in the rejuvinated Carlos Delgado?
(Chris from New York)
When a right-hander is pitching. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-06-20 13:30:00 (link to chat)Joe, during the championship years Cito seemed to get very little credit. Do you think he deserved more, or he won because he had great players and is really not that good of a manager.
(Jon from DC)
He always struck me as a "let them play" guy, and he did have some great talent. There's something to be said for a manager who doesn't get in the way of a roster. When the roster changed, Gaston wasn't wired for that, and he definitely cost Carlos Delgado 25-30 home runs early in Delgado's career. A veteran team, though, is right up his alley. (Joe Sheehan)
2008-06-17 15:00:00 (link to chat)Jay: It seems to me that the statistical 'cliff' that potential HOFers can fall off of is much higher than for normal players. Maybe the evidence is more anecdotal than actual, but I seem to remember many of those players (guys like Knoblauch and Rice leap to mind instantly) when I think of players of my era that were 'destined' for the HOF. Does the wide gulf between normal and HOF-levels of performance play any part in calculating future HOF worthiness of active players?
(sodbuster from Wagner)
Well, it's certainly a longer way down from being very good to so craptastic that you have to hang up your spikes in your mid-30s as both Rice and Chuckie Knobs did, and it tends to generate more coverage as to "what went wrong" though in fact these players were at least exceptional for some period of their careers.

But you're onto something with your question. Predicting Hallworthiness among active players is a tricky business. Even a great and useful predictive tool like PECOTA isn't all that helpful, because HOF caliber players tend to continue outstripping their projections late into their careers. Guys in their mid-30s who might have a shot may still need to hit their 75 percentile projections or above year after year in order to make a great case for themselves. Here I'm thinking of perennial All-Stars like Chipper Jones (who I think will make it) and Jorge Posada (I hope but don't think he will) as well as the fall-off-the-table cases like Carlos Delgado and Jim Edmonds. (Jay Jaffe)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2008-09-29 10:30:00Tigers/White Sox Play-In GameSticking with the Mets: "chuckstein17 (Long Beach, NY): A certain local talk show host is saying the Mets should trade David Wright and that he'll never be a great player. Why does the NY media always blame the solutions and never the problems? BULLPEN!!!"

The phenomenon of a team's best player or players taking an inordinate amount of the blame for their failures is one that Bill James noted back in the Abstract years, and it's even truer today in a more hypercompetitive media. Good Lord, on ESPN Insider today Buster Olney is suggesting that David Wright needs to see a sports psychiatrist to "work through his apparent anxiety in high-pressure situations." Wright certainly deserves his share of the blame given his part in a lineup that managed only five runs over their last three games, but he did go 4-for-9 and hit .340/.416/.577 in September, including .462/.559/.769 in the seven games prior to the Marlins series. Carlos Delgado went 2-for-11, where's his Rx for a shrink, Buster? Sheesh.

This is the state of the art for mainstream analysis, folks. (Jay Jaffe)
 

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