Mets interested in re-signing Carlos Delgado

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Carlos Delgado earned $12 million this season, so the Mets choosing not to offer him arbitration was a no-brainer despite his Type B free agent status. However, according to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post they remain interested in possibly re-signing him to a one-year deal at a lower salary.
As a 37-year-old who missed all but 26 games this season following hip surgery Delgado doesn’t figure to get any multi-year offers, but he did hit .298/.393/.521 before the injury and could be an attractive stop-gap option for several teams. In the Mets’ case that would mean keeping his left-handed bat in the lineup while waiting for 2008 first-round pick Ike Davis to show that he’s MLB ready.
Davis hit .298/.381/.524 with 20 homers in 114 games between high Single-A and Double-A in his first full pro season, so it looks like he could be ready for New York in 2011 or perhaps even the second half of 2010. His pending arrival should limit the Mets to either sticking with Daniel Murphy at first base or bringing in a veteran for just one season, and of the available one-year options Delgado probably makes the most sense.

How Yu Darvish tipped his pitches during the World Series

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You hear a lot about pitchers tipping pitches. It’s often offered up post-facto as an excuse for poor performance by the pitcher himself or his own team. It’s sort of like the “best shape of my life” thing being offered in the offseason to talk about why the player got injured or played badly the previous year. “Smitty’s stuff is still great, he was just tipping his pitches,” said a source close to the player whose stuff is not really great anymore.

Which isn’t to say that pitchers don’t tip pitches. Of course they do. Opposing teams look for it, pick up on it and take advantage of it whenever they can. It’s just that (a) the opposing team has an interest in not talking about it, lest the pitcher STOP tipping its pitches; and (b) the guy actually tipping his pitches doesn’t want to talk specifically about it lest he starts doing it again.

Which is what makes this article at Sports Illustrated so interesting. In it Tom Verducci talks to an anonymous Houston Astros player who explains how Dodgers starter Yu Darvish was tipping his pitches during the World Series, leading to him getting absolutely shellacked in Games 3 and 7. The upshot: the Astros knew when a slider or a cutter was coming, they waited for it and they teed off.

Darvish is a free agent now. I’m guessing, whoever signs him, knows exactly what they’ll gave him work on the first day of spring training.