The Mets made it official today, exercising Carlos Delgadoâ€™s $12 million option for next year.
Be honest: Who thought last June that Delgado would be back. His bat seemed dead and he looked older than his 36 years. But then he hit .308 with 27 homers and 80 RBI in 84 games from June 27 on. That left him with a final average of .271 with 38 homers and 115 RBI.
â€œCarlos is a key part of our plans for 2009, and we wanted to let him know as quickly as allowed that we wanted him back,â€ GM Omar Minaya said in a statement. â€œYesterday â€” the day following the conclusion of the World Series â€” was the first day that we could pick up the option per the contract. It was our full intent to promptly close our deal with Carlos, and thatâ€™s what we did.â€
So what do you think? Are you glad to have Delgado back? Does he have another big season in him?