Latest Mets Hot Stove News: Hudson, Molina, and Delgado

Jeff SpencerContributor IJanuary 13, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 26:  Carlos Delgado #21 of the New York Mets walks off the field in between innings during their game against the Washington Nationals on April 26, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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According to Bill Ladson, who covers the Washington Nationals for, second baseman Orlando Hudson is looking for a $9 million contract for next season.

At the moment the current market for second baseman is very soft and I personally think that Hudson will end up taking a one year deal just as he did last season. Although the Mets would love the opportunity to add Hudson, they would probably not pay him $6 million in guaranteed money.

Meanwhile, John Morosi, of Fox Sports, believes that free agent catcher Bengie Molina is finally willing to sign a two year deal after holding firm on a three year deal for most of the offseason.

It seems like all signs point to Molina signing with the Mets. If the second year is a vesting option or a team option, it should work out okay for the Mets down the road. I would not be happy if the Mets gave Molina two guaranteed years.

The other day Ed Price from AOL Fanhouse posted an update on Carlos Delgado via his Twitter. He says that the Mets have observed Delgado twice so far and have noticed that he is not moving well while playing first base. However, the Mets will take one more look before making a decision.

Price believes that Delgado, who is batting .316 in winter ball, may find the Toronto Blue Jays as his final resting place as a DH.

Chances are likely that Delgado will not be returning to the Mets for the 2010 season. The Mets have stated on more than one occasion that they plan on getting younger and faster, and keeping Delgado would be a move in the opposite direction.