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Though the Marlins lopped off roughly $13 million from next season's payroll, they're not done trimming. The market for first baseman Carlos Delgado has started simmering. Delgado, who is owned $48 million over the final three years of the deal he signed last offseason, likely is the next departure.

"[The Marlins] have some teams ready to go on him," said a National League front office man that has spoken with the Marlins, adding they already have some offers on the table.

In addition to the Mets and Orioles, both the Los Angeles Angels and Dodgers are believed to be in the mix.

Dumping Delgado's entire contract, which calls for a $13.5 million outlay next season, doesn't guarantee the Marlins will keep some of their higher priced talent. That group includes Luis Castillo, Juan Pierre and Paul Lo Duca, who combined will make approximately $17.25 million in 2006.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/sfl-marlspec22nov22,0,3263039.story?coll=sfla-sports-front
 

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Carlos Delgado - 1B - FLA - Nov. 23 - 2:57 am et
According to the New York Post, the Mets are ready to give up Yusmeiro Petit and take on Carlos Delgado's entire $48 million salary to bring the first baseman to New York.
The Mets were barely willing to pay him that much over four years when he was a free agent a year ago -- their first offer was for about $33 million over three years. Now they're supposedly willing to pay him $16 million per year -- it will actually be more if they have to make up the difference in the state taxes between Florida, which has none, and New York -- and give up one of the top-10 pitching prospects in baseball. It's foolish, but it'd certainly give them a lineup to be reckoned with. Nov. 23 - 2:57 am et
Source: New York Post
I don't buy it. If this is the case the deal should be announced tomorrow...
 
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