As news broke on Aug. 7 that the Boston Red Sox had signed Carlos Delgado to a minor league deal, I thought it was a great move. This is a potentially high rewarding transaction with very low risk.

Delgado could fill some holes as All-Star first basemen, Kevin Youkilis, will miss the remainder of the season with a torn muscle in his thumb. 

Although Delgado is 38 years old, he appears to be healthy and in great shape, and he’s hungry to win.

Delgado spoke with Boston’s sports radio station, WEEI, earlier this week and discussed his hunger to win: “That’s the only [reason] you should play to win,” Delgado told WEEI. “Not everybody can win, but I’ll die trying.” 

In all of Delgado’s 17 Major League seasons, he’s only been to the postseason once. He contributed to the 2006 New York Mets run to the NLCS and batted .351 with five home runs and 11 RBIs. 

Delgado appeared in his first game as a member of the Boston Red Sox organization last night in Pawtucket with the team’s Triple-A affiliate. Delgado went 0-3 and was reported he made good contract, including a long fly ball to the warning track as he played his first professional game since May 2009. 

It will take weeks as Delgado tries to recover his Major League “stroke”. He has proven he could contribute on a winning team, and Boston would more than welcome his contribution. 


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