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Buster Olney's take on the Delgado deal


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If, in fact, the Mets part with their top pitching prospect to get Delgado, while absorbing all of Delgado's financial obligations, they are insane. They could offer a bag of balls at this point and Florida will take a deal, so long as the Mets are taking the contract. Again, there is no question that the Mets are going to have the best offseason, on paper, of any team in the majors: They're probably going to sign Billy Wagner, they could get Delgado very soon, and they're going to get a good catcher.

 

But the trademark of Omar Minaya's dealings so far is that he overpays for everything. He can get Delgado, and that's great. But why overpay for him? Why not tell the Marlins, Look, you don't have teams beating down your door to take his contract. We'll do you a favor and take his contract, and you'll take one Grade B-minus prospect from this list of three, along with this backup Class A catcher, and you'll be thrilled with that.

 

That's why I think the Marlins did just fine here, although I'm not real happy the Fish threw in 7 million (and contrary to Olney's point the Marlins certainly weren't going to deal Delgado for nothing). Maybe the Dodgers could've offered something better, maybe not.... No one is happy about the payroll cutting people, but so far we've gotten back the Mets best pitching prospect, Boston's best hitting prospect, and an ML-ready 1B/catcher who played damn well so far.

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There's a good reason for getting these deals done early in the off-season. They needed to get payroll down to $40M and they've done it. Wham. The blockbuster trades are in place and $27M in payroll shed.

 

Now they are in a position to look at what's left and decide how to fill the remaining holes. They are way ahead of most other teams and in a position to get the pieces they need, before they have signed somewhere else.

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Considering that everyone and their mothers knew that the Marlins had to dump Delgado makes this a very good deal...which is exactly what Olney is saying. The Marlins had no negotiating power -- ZERO. The Mets know we have to get rid of Delgado one way or another and the market for a guy making 14-16 million is extremely limited...they could have offered us Joe Schmoe with a 5.95 ERA in AA and we eventually would have been forced to take it. Once word gets around that the mets are lowballing us, no other interested team is going to jump in and offer two or three top prospects knowing they can offer Joe Schmoe who had a 5.75 ERA in AA (in other words...another bum whos just slightly better ) (which is why Beinfest jumped at the chance to get two good young players...you can't afford to wait on Konerko when you're in our current situation)

 

Anyone upset that we didn't get Milledge is completely oblivious on how the trade market in any sport works. When you're back is up against a wall with a big contract (like the Marlins were) you usually get absolutley nothing in return. It's similar to how teams operate under a cap...when a team KNOWS you have to dump so and so (for all Dolphin fans...Surtain for a 3rd rounder can be an example)..you're NEVER going to get a fair return for that player.

 

Sad to see Carlos go...but another good move by Beinfest.

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Just look at it this way. We got Delgado for $11M for one year, and prevented the Mets from having him this past year. The Mets are going to have to pay him around $14M a year for the next 3 years (once income tax is added) plus a $4M buyout at the end. We made them pay considerably more for him than they would have if we hadn't entered the bidding last year.

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Just look at it this way. We got Delgado for $11M for one year, and prevented the Mets from having him this past year. The Mets are going to have to pay him around $14M a year for the next 3 years (once income tax is added) plus a $4M buyout at the end. We made them pay considerably more for him than they would have if we hadn't entered the bidding last year.

 

 

My thoughts exactly. Great deal for the Fish (and for the Mets, who far and away will have the best team in the division).

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My take is this business is business , but your word is your bond and Loria promised Delgado he would not be traded even if Loria get his financial house in order (probably will have to marry another rich wife) gets a stadium , as long as he is the owner his word is suspect and player may not be inclined to come here . Btw i am not all that excited about getting a 25-26 yr old rookie

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Considering that everyone and their mothers knew that the Marlins had to dump Delgado

 

 

The Marlins didn't have to dump Delgado. They chose to.

 

 

Right, we could have kept him at least half of this season seeing we were going to send money to NY anyways. You always have a surprise contender that can use a game changer on their roster during a playoff run.

 

Samson wants to impose his accounting on the Marlins and is doing it now cause he wants to.

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