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Former New York Mets cleanup hitter Carlos Delgado will consider retirement if he does not receive an adequate offer to play next season, Puerto Rico newspaper Primera Hora reported Wednesday.
"I have to analyze well all the options that I have and, another important thing, I'm not going to sign a contract just to say I signed. You have to look for the best situation for yourself at the moment," Delgado said during a news conference to promote a high school baseball tournament in the U.S. territory.
Delgado, 37, has 473 homers and 1,512 RBIs in 17 seasons in the majors with the Toronto Blue Jays, Florida Marlins and Mets.
Since becoming a free agent in November, Delgado said he has seen interest in some teams but has had no solid offers.
"There are teams of both leagues, but I'm not going to go crazy just to say I signed. When the moment comes and the right situation comes up, I'll know what to do," Delgado said. "We are talking. There are a few points that have yet to be discussed."
As part of his rehabilitation process, Delgado played eight games of winter league baseball with the Gigantes de Carolina, hitting .280 with a home run and two RBIs. Delgado, who had surgery in May, hit .298 with four homers and 23 RBIs for the Mets in 2009, missing 136 games because of a hip injury. During the offseason, Delgado lives in Aguadilla, a town in northwestern Puerto Rico.
"If there is no work, I'll retire. That's not Plan A, but if I don't get any work, I can't do anything about it. I am staying positive and the lines of communication are open to try to create a situation," Delgado said, according to Primera Hora. "If nothing comes up, Crash Boat [beach] is in Aguadilla."
Enrique Rojas is a senior writer for ESPNdeportes.com.