Quote: Delgado Wants To Return in 2010

Prior to yesterday’s 6-5 loss to the Nationals, Carlos Delgado talked to reporters and indicated, while he would like to play again in 2009, a variety of setbacks, including a strained oblique muscle and inflammation in his surgically repaired hip, are making that unlikely.

With regards to his setbacks, Delgado told reporters:

“It’s been frustrating… just because right around the All-Star break things were going very, very well and we were planning to go out and run and eventually move over to baseball activities, and had a little flare-up. We had to back off and things weren’t going that good… then around August I went down to Port St. Lucie and I started running and doing my baseball activities and had a little flare-up… for a while things were going really, really good, really fast, and then all of a sudden it’s not so great.”

On returning to the Mets in 2010,  he said:

“I like it here…We have a great team.  You walk in this clubhouse, you’ve got a chance to win.  Obviously, we’ve got to get healthier, but I think we’re in the process of doing that… I haven’t really talked to the front office in regards to that, but if that’s the case, I’d love coming back.”

Delgado was then asked if he thinks he can still be the same player that he was, to which he said, “Absolutely.  Not a doubt.”

…i certainly wouldn’t think he would campaign to return to the team and say he can’t be what they need him to be…

…as much as i like delgado, i really think that there are just too many risks involved in bringing him back, even if it is on a one-year deal… he has been challenged by this injury since 2008, and this year it cost him the entire season and the club really cannot afford to have a black hole at first base again next season…

…in my mind, sentimental reasons alone are not enough to sign a player to a contract if you are trying to win…