Delgado Out 10 Weeks; Mets Out For Season?

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Carlos Delgado‘s surgery went well and he’s expected to return to action in about 10 weeks. That would be the end of July. Will the Mets still be in the race by then? Probably not with their current solution in place at first base.

The tag team of Fernando Tatis and Jeremy Reed would be tolerable if Delgado would be out only a couple of weeks. But 10 weeks is a sizable chunk of the season so some help will be needed.

Despite missing third base and costing the Mets the game last night Ryan Church remains trade bait. He hasn’t been horrible this season but for some reason has been occupying a spot in manager Jerry Manuel’s doghouse lately (even before last night’s faux pas). If Gary Sheffield can find his power stroke (a question that wouldn’t need to be asked if the team had cared enough to sign Adam Dunn in the offseason once they had ruled out Manny Ramirez) then the Mets could trade Church (and likely a minor league player or two) in a deal for a proper first baseman. Such a move would also potentially open a roster spot for highly touted outfield prospect Fernando Martinez.

There are several possibilities for the Mets to acquire at first base. The most notable ones are Baltimore’s Aubrey Huff and Washington’s Nick Johnson.

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