To the six people who thought there was a chance Carlos Delgado would offer the Jays a discount and become Toronto’s first 500 homer man: the dream is dead.
Slick New York art dealer and Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, the same man whose tight fists held the last nail that baseball drove into the Montreal Expos’ coffin, has sold seven Mondrians and a DeKooning and brought Carlos to Miami. Five years, $64 million.
The good news: the Marlins beat out the Mets, whose rebuilding effort looks a little like the New York Rangers’ plan and has contributed mightily to the fact that baseball executives dished out well over $1 billion to free agents this offseason. Also left in the cold were Blue Jays division rivals the Baltimore Orioles.