Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sox Sign Carlos Delgado To Minor-League Deal

From Joe Haggerty:
Carlos Delgado will get his shot to help out a downtrodden Red Sox team after all.

The Sox signed the slugging first baseman/designated hitter to a minor-league contract that allows him to opt out of the deal if he isn't with the team by Sept. 1. It's expected that the 38-year-old Delgado – who hasn't played since undergoing a pair of hip surgeries in 2009 – will report to Pawtucket this weekend and have roughly two weeks to prove himself worthy of a big league call-up.

Manager Terry Francona confirmed the signing, but stressed that anybody brought into would be a complimentary piece with Mike Lowell, who is expected to get the lion's share of the action.
He only played 26 games last year before injuries killed his season in the beginning of May. But while he was healthy he was productive, hitting .298/.393/.521 with 4 HR and 23 RBI. He also had a very good 2008, where he hit .271/.353/.518 with 38 HR and 115 RBI.

I was pretty surprised nobody had signed him up until this point in the season, and with the loss of Kevin Youkilis, this was a no-brainer for the Sox.

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