St. Petersburg Times
Online: Tech Times
Print storySubscribe to the Times

Reloaded Mets kick off courtship of Delgado

By wire services
Published January 14, 2005

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Mets executives met with Carlos Delgado on Thursday, hoping the tactic that helped land Carlos Beltran and Pedro Martinez would lure the free-agent first baseman to New York.

Already in Puerto Rico with Beltran, general manager Omar Minaya and three others met with the slugger, 32, in a San Juan hotel, Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said.

"It was just kind of a meet-and-greet thing," Delgado's agent, David Sloane, said. "It was all noncontractual, just a chance for those guys to get to meet each other. The meeting was over in about 20, 30 minutes."

In his first visit to his native Puerto Rico since signing a seven-year, $119-million contract with the Mets on Tuesday, Beltran said the presence of two Hispanics in the front office - Minaya, who is Dominican, and his special assistant Tony Bernazard, a Puerto Rican - gave the Mets a family appeal that made him lean toward the team.

BREWERS SALE OKAYED: Major-league owners unanimously approved the team's $223-million sale from the family of commissioner Bud Selig to a group headed by Los Angeles investor Mark Attanasio. Attanasio, 47, said he is committed to keeping the team in Milwaukee.

A'S: Los Angeles developer Lewis Wolff, who has an option to buy the team, wants to get a baseball-only stadium in Oakland instead of moving the team to San Jose. Wolff, vice president for venue development for the team, said he will decide whether to buy the team from Steve Schott and Ken Hoffman in the next three months.

BRAVES: Raul Mondesi said he has agreed to terms on a one-year contract, but the team claims that's not true. Mondesi told the Associated Press he will earn $1-million, with bonuses that could bring the value up to $1.7-million. Team spokesman Brad Hainje said no deal has been reached.

PIRATES: Right-hander Kip Wells agreed to a one-year contract, then returned to the mound for the first time since he was sidelined Sept. 5 by an elbow injury and said he felt no pain.

[Last modified January 14, 2005, 00:31:20]


  • Baseball cracks down on drug use
  • Reloaded Mets kick off courtship of Delgado

  • College basketball
  • Men: 7-foot center joins Bulls
  • Men: Once jilted, USC turns to Floyd
  • Women: UF can't keep pace with LSU
  • Tonight: USF women at TCU

  • College football
  • It's built, will they come?
  • Leinart audibles, says he'll decide today

  • Colleges
  • Gator bracing for a hostile homecoming
  • UT fulfills coach's dream

  • Golf
  • Wie's windy 75 not great, but not worst

  • Hockey
  • Coyotes: No debt trouble

  • In brief
  • Davenport, Federer get Australian top seeds

  • Motorsports
  • Top 35 in Nextel assured of starts

  • NBA
  • Hill to play first game at Detroit since trade

  • NFL
  • Patriots secondary faces biggest task
  • AFC: Patriots do nothing to keep field dry
  • NFC: Eagles counting on Westbrook
  • NFL produces over $4-million in disaster aid

  • Outdoors
  • Daily fishing report
  • Ghost busters

  • Preps
  • Blake wakes in second period to top Armwood
  • Boca Ciega hangs on in seesaw battle
  • Countryside tough despite problems
  • Hillsborough basketball extra
  • Knee injury briefly benches Eagles star
  • Tie for top honors in qualifier
  • Tough competition prevails

  • Skating
  • Skaters mourn a mother

  • TV/Radio
  • Remote patrol: A ridiculous week
  • Telling tale of boxer Jack Johnson to air on PBS
  • Rays
  • Staying clean a day at a time
  • OF in fold, Rays look for more
  • Bucs
  • Tim Brown visits Irish officials; purpose unknown
  • Lightning
  • No team to coach, no grass to mow

    Back to Top

    © 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
    490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111