2005_11_sdelgadomets.jpgIt looks like the quest for a big bat in the middle of the lineup is coming close to for the Mets. Newsday is reporting that the Mets and Marlins have agreed to a trade for Carlos Delgado. The Mets would ship minor-league pitching prospect Yusmeiro Petit and 1st baseman Mike Jacobs for Delgado and $7 million to help cover the remaining $48 million over 3 years. The players involved in the deal still need to pass physicals and Bud Selig also needs to approve it.

Starting yesterday, the Marlins are in fire sale mode, dealing Josh Beckett (Mr. Three Days Rest!!) and Mike Lowell to the Red Sox and now Delgado. As the New York Times detailed extensively yesterday, Delgado does not have the ability to veto the trade to the Mets. Delgado can however, force a trade after the 2006 season as a veteran player traded during a multi-year contract. The 33 year-old Delgado batted .301 with 33 home runs, 115 RBI.

Omar Minaya has rolled the dice again, acquiring a player that didn't want to sign with his team last off-season and trading away prospects. Delgado wanted to be on a championship contender last year, but the Marlins are headed in the wrong direction. Gothamist is curious if last season's performance by the Mets was enough to make Delgado happy with the trade.

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