From the Mets POV, its not a horrendous move, but I have some reservations.
Delgado is certainly less of a risk than their last foray with a slugging 1B (Mo Vaughn!!!). But he IS 33, and his skill set is the type that ages more rapidly than most (slow-footed power hitter at the lower end of defensive spectrum). His power #s (doubles/homers) have remained solid, but his walk rate has decreased moderately in the last couple of years (his last year in Toronto, when they had nobody but him, and less danger in the Marlin lineup to pitch around him probably). His Ks have always been somewhat high, but the Mets just rid themselves of a high K hitter with good power (Cameron), so its not so bad.
Shea Stadium is not a hitter’s park by any means, but neither was Florida. He went 9-33 with 1 HR, 2 2B, 8 K and 8 BB last year at Shea. He isn’t Minky or Hernandez defensively, but he’s not Piazza either.
I’m sad to see Jacobs go. I thought he could be a good 20-25 HR guy splitting time at 1B and C.
The minor league pitcher the Mets are giving up is Yusmeiro Petit, possibly the Mets top pitching prospect. Baseball Prospectus had Petit, a 6′ 230 pound 21 y.o. righthander, as one of their Top 50 Prospects last year.
At Binghamton in ’05, he went 9-3 2.91 with 130 K and only 90 hits and 18 walks in 118 innings. A late-season cup of coffee with Norfolk was a bit rockier, but all indications are that he would have been on a ML roster by 2007.
I understand why the Mets did the deal. They definitely needed to replace the power of the departed Piazza and Cameron. But they didn’t get any younger, and their starting pitching doesn’t thrill me top to bottom. I really hope they think of making an offer for Javier Vazquez, who requested a trade from Arizona.