Mets: Delgado decides against filing trade demand

Updated: November 6, 2006, 6:40 PM ET
Associated Press

Carlos Delgado
Delgado

NEW YORK -- Carlos Delgado is so happy with the Mets that he doesn't want to leave New York.

Delgado decided against filing a trade demand, the Mets said Monday, preferring to stick with the team that took him to the playoffs for the first time in his big-league career.

As a veteran traded during a multiyear contract, Delgado can file for a trade demand through Saturday. Delgado signed a $52 million, four-year deal with Florida after the 2004 season and then was sent to the Mets after one year with the Marlins.

"Carlos has notified us today that he is very happy to be here," Mets general manager Omar Minaya said during a telephone conference call. "He enjoys being with the New York Mets and enjoys being in the city and enjoys everything about this organization."

Delgado hit .265 with 38 homers and 114 RBI during the regular season and then batted .351 with four homers and 11 RBI in the playoffs.

Players who file trade demands become free agents unless dealt by the following March 15, but they lose the remaining guaranteed money in their contracts. Delgado is owed $14.5 million next year and $16 million in 2008. The Mets have a $12 million option for 2009 that carries a $4 million buyout, but they have until five days after the 2008 World Series to decide on it.

"He wants to be a Met for the rest of his career," Minaya said. "I'm hopeful that at some point in time we will exercise that option. Right now we feel it's not the right time."

Minaya and Delgado's agent, David Sloane, discussed whether to exercise the option now. Sloane did not return a telephone call seeking comment.

Minaya said the Mets were in the process of starting negotiations on a contract extension with manager Willie Randolph, whose three-year deal expires after next season.

New York has also started discussions with Tom Glavine's agent, Gregg Clifton. Glavine has until Friday to exercise a $7.5 million player option, and the Mets have until Nov. 20 to exercise a $14 million team option. The options carry a $3 million buyout and will likely be declined by both sides.

Glavine is weighing whether he and his family prefer that he remain in New York or try to return to the Atlanta Braves, near his home.

"It's pretty much in Tommy's court right now," Minaya said.


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