The Miami Herald is citing sources who claim that that the Marlins are the front-runners to land free agent Carlos Delgado as their new first baseman. "The Marlins are in prime position right now," one source said. "I would be surprised if it went in another direction. I think he's going to be a Marlin." Meanwhile, the New York Post reports that the Mets have improved their offer to around $51 million for four years. However, that is their "walk-away number."
$51 million in NY is less than $48 million in Texas after state income taxes... why would he go to NYM??
The marlins probably would be the best fit for him, but it kills me to see another team in the NL east make a big acquisition this offseason. this could knock the brave's offense down to 4th best in the division, and while their staff is still the tops (IMO), it'll be a lot tougher to win again now that they're pitching against beltran and delgado. (assuming baltimore doesn't step up and get him.