Buzz: The Delgado Situation

WFAN’s Mike Francesa said on air the Mets are meeting to talk about what to do with Carlos Delgado, discussing whether to put him on the 15–day disabled list, to doing nothing, to seeing if he may require surgery, which could keep him out of the lineup over an extended-period of time.

Francesa believes the Mets could realistically acquire Nationals 1B Nick Johnson or White Sox OF Jermaine Dye, ‘for cheap,’ or trade high-priced talent to get A’s Matt Holliday, Astros OF Carlos Lee or Padres 1B Adrian Gonzalez.

…i would add O’s 1B Aubrey Huff to that list, who could play first base and left field, and who is a free agent at the of this season, and playing for a team with zero chance of making the playoffs

…the way i understand this, there are a lot of moving parts here, though…

…first, the team needs to decide delgado’s future, while also being honest about whether Daniel Murphy is ready to be a starting first baseman on a contending team… if delgado is out, francesa’s right, Omar Minaya will need to acquire a bat, though i believe they’ll go slow and wait out Fernando Tatis and Gary Sheffield for a week or so… if murphy is first base material, it will be easier to put him there and acquire a guy like dye, or wait a month later and make a move for holliday, which i bet could end up costing Jon Niese… if murphy isn’t ready, he’ll need to remain in left field, at which point minaya will need to find a first baseman better than tatis or Jeremy Reed

…i would love to see them acquire Adrian Gonzalez, who is strong on defense and steady at the plate… but, a) i can’t see the Padres making such a trade so soon, and b) gonzalez is affordable and under contract through 2011, and this would mean blocking first base from murphy, who the team views as the long-term solution post-delgado…

…the problem is, a team like the A’s, while five games under .500, are also just four losses back of first place… which is not to say they’ll win the division, but it could still be too early to expect them to cut bait on holliday, when there is still money to made in attendance… also, any deal for holliday will have to be weighed against beane’s other option, which is keeping holliday and getting two draft picks when he walks via free agency at the end of the season…