At the end of the process, there might not have been more than 2 teams bidding for Carlos Beltran. Free agent 1B Carlos Delgado, however, seems to have 4 clubs competing for his signature, albiet for fewer years and lesser dollars per annum. The New York Daily News’ John Harper installs Baltimore as the new front-runner, the Orioles having offered $48 million over 4 years.

With that sort of proposal on the table, Delgado has to be intrigued. With the former Blue Jay hitting alongside Miguel Tejada, the middle of Baltimore’s batting order would match up well with that of the Yankees or Red Sox, and the Orioles would have a genuine chance at winning 75 games next season, many of them by scores of 11-10, 10-9, etc.