Saturday, November 27, 2004
M's "Frontrunners" To Land Delgado
According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Mariners have asked Delgado if he would be willing to bat third in a Seattle lineup that could also include Richie Sexson or Troy Glaus in 2005. Delgado has agreed to the switch after years of being the cleanup hitter inthe Blue Jays' lineup.
Delgado could still bat cleanup if the Mariners fail to land Sexson or Glaus.
The Mariners can add two first basemen if they so desire because the team needs both a first baseman and a designated hitter this off-season. The outgoing designated hitter, Edgar Martinez, is a close friend of Delgado's and has made it clear he'd be willing to lobby Delgado on the Mariners' behalf.
A Toronto radio report suggested Delgado was likely to return to the Blue Jays because the Mariners were leery of his past knee troubles. However, the Mariners and most other clubs interested in Delgado are evidently in possession of a report by Florida specialist Dr. Dan Kanell, the father of the Denver Broncos quarterback, in which the Marlins' orthopedist gave his opinion that the knee is sound.