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The Winner of Delgado Sweepstakes is...

Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by Rockets34Legend, Jan 25, 2005.

  1. Rockets34Legend

    Rockets34Legend Contributing Member

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    the Marlins....

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1975153

    ESPN.com news services

    MIAMI -- Free-agent first baseman Carlos Delgado agreed Tuesday to a $52 million, four-year contract with the Florida Marlins, who added the left-handed power they've lacked.

    The agreement, which could be worth $64 million over five seasons. It's expected to become official Thursday after Delgado undergoes a physical and the sides agree to contract language.

    Under the terms of the deal under discussion earlier in the day, Delgado would get just $4 million this year, a baseball official told The Associated Press, also on condition of anonymity.

    Delgado would get $13.5 million in 2006, $14.5 million in 2007 and $16 million in 2008, and the deal would include a $16 million option for 2009 that would become guaranteed based on how Delgado does in MVP voting and whether he earns postseason MVP awards.

    If the option doesn't become guaranteed, Florida would have the right to exercise a $12 million option. If the option is declined, Delgado would get a $4 million buyout.

    Delgado chose the Marlins over offers from the New York Mets, Texas and Baltimore.

    The Marlins made an initial offer of $35 million for three years, the richest per-season deal in franchise history, then went even higher to win the bidding. The contract will push their payroll above $56 million for the first time.

    They landed the most formidable left-handed power hitter in their 12-year history. Delgado, 32, hit at least 30 homers each of the past eight seasons in Toronto. Last season he batted .269 last season for Toronto with 32 homers and 99 RBIss.

    The deal was sealed 10 days after Delgado flew from his native Puerto Rico to Miami and spent 5½ hours with Marlins officials, including owner Jeffrey Loria.
     
  2. NJRocket

    NJRocket Contributing Member

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    add them to the list of teams better than us this year
     
  3. slickvik69

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    The Marlins should be solid this year, they signed Al Leiter and Carlos Delgado in the offseason in addition to re-signing Paul Lo Duca, Guillermo Mota and Mike Lowell. They still have the solid core of Dontrelle Willis, Josh Beckett, Juan Pierre, Miguel Cabrera, Jeff Conine, and Juan Encarnacion. I applaud their GM for putting a solid team together with not too much of a budget.
     
  4. NJRocket

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    they still have castillo too
     
  5. Rocketman95

    Rocketman95 Hangout Boy

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    Way to go Dreighton. :mad:
     
  6. slickvik69

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    Thanks, I forgot about him. The only strange thing is they didn't sign Pudge Rodriguez, who didn't ask for as much money. He was also the best player on their team the year the Marlins won the World Series. Oh well, they got Lo Duca, Leiter, and Delgado I think they'll be ok.
     
  7. bamaslammer

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    They'll be much improved. But will it be enough to knock the Braves off the top spot? I'd bet that their run ends at 13 straight division championships.
     
  8. rocketlaunch

    rocketlaunch Contributing Member

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    huh.. we never tried to go after delgado where would he play who would sit
     
  9. NJRocket

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    u happy now RM?:p
     
  10. JeeberD

    JeeberD Contributing Member

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    The Dallas media is gonna have a field day with this one...
     
  11. rrj_gamz

    rrj_gamz Contributing Member

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    That's actually a good contract for the player...The marlins improved dramatically...And only having a payroll of $56MM and still be that competitive is pretty amazing...
     
  12. Behad

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    Um, you might want to turn on the sarcasm meter.....
     

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