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No Takers For Carlos Delgado

With 6 days, 4 hours and 25 minutes remaining till pitchers and catchers report next week Carlos Delgado is still without a team for the 2010 season.

Carlos Delgado's days as a New York Met seem to be over with the signing of Mike Jacobs to a minor league contract.

Carlos Delgado may be among the unvoluntarily retired baseball players if he isn’t signed to a free agent contract before opening day.

Delgado hit 38 home runs and drove in 115 runs in 2008 before being beset with injuries last season when he played in only 26 games. He had hit at least 24 home runs every season since 1995 before hitting only four home runs in 2009.

He has hit 473 home runs and driven in 1,512 runs while hitting .280 in his 17 year career. He will be 38 in June.

Even if he never plays another major league game Delgado will be a Hall of Fame candidate even though he could fall 27 home runs short of 500 home runs.

His .545 lifetime slugging percentage is ninth among active players. Only five active players have more lifetime home runs than Delgado.

Only Ken Griffey Jr., Manny Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez, Gary Sheffield and Jim Thome have driven in more runs among active players than Delgado.

If he is not signed by this time next month Delgado will probably join the ranks of the unemployed. After earning $56 million over the last four seasons he is not likely to sign the kind of contract given to veteran players this offseason. He has earned over $146 million during his career so can’t see him signing a one contract for $2 million or less.

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