Both first basemen in New York could be on their way out.
The Yankees are having discussions about releasing struggling first baseman/DH Jason Giambi. Many in the organization are worried he can’t hit power pitching any more and that his current decline will only get worse.
He’s hitting .167 with 5 home runs and 11 RBIs.
Factor in the emergence of Melky Cabrera in the crowded outfield and Shelley Duncan at first, and Giambi becomes expendable. Also, Jorge Posada had been seeing time at DH before he went on the DL. There was also word that the Yanks had interest in Frank Thomas while he was on the market; this was later shot down by Hank Steinbrenner.
The Yankees would still be on the hook for almost $23 million owed to Giambi this season; this is the last year of his contract.
Across the city, the same discussion is being had about Carlos Delgado. Delgado hasn’t been the same player since he came to the Mets. His average, power numbers, and RBIs have all dropped since the move up the coast.
He’s hitting .205 with 3 homers and 12 RBIs this season.
The Mets apparently have interest in Scott Hatteberg or Xaiver Nady if Delgado is traded. The Mets could still acquire Nady even if Delgado stays with the team.
The Mets owe Delgado $16 million this year; he also is in the last year of his contract.
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