Oooooops!! My bad, Carlos!!!

By Jordan Bastian
Updated: January 19, 2010

TORONTO — Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos was quick to make an exception to his policy of not responding to speculation on Tuesday, when a rumor spread online that free agent Carlos Delgado had signed with his former club.

“There’s no truth to it,” Anthopoulos said. “Normally, I don’t comment on rumors, but I have come out and said that we have gone to see him play and so on. This is the exact reason why I don’t comment on rumors.

I’ve spent the past 30 minutes getting hammered with this.”

A current Major League player told an MLB.com on-air personality that he had heard Delgado was signing with the Jays. That led to an unconfirmed tweet of hearsay, which was followed by actual reporting and the knockdown of the rumor by Anthopoulos and Delgado’s agent, David Sloane.

The Blue Jays have watched Delgado play winter ball in Puerto Rico, but the veteran slugger simply is not a fit for Toronto right now. Anthopoulos noted that scouting Delgado was just a case of the Blue Jays exploring all possible options.

Sloane also dismissed the rumored signing in an e-mail to MLB.com.

The left-handed-hitting Delgado could serve as either a first baseman or designated hitter, but those roles are currently held by Lyle Overbay and Adam Lind, respectively, in Toronto.

The Jays also have highly touted first-base prospect Brett Wallace — acquired in the December deal that sent ace Roy Halladay to the Phillies — on the verge of being ready for the Majors.

There are also health concerns about Delgado, who had surgery on his right hip last season. Playing on an artificial surface in Toronto might not help matters.

While with the Mets in May, Delgado underwent season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum and remove a bone spur. In 26 games last season, prior to undergoing the hip procedure, Delgado hit .298 with four homers and 23 RBIs.

Delgado, who will turn 38 in June, originally signed with the Blue Jays as a non-drafted free agent in 1988 and suited up for Toronto from 1993-2004.

He owns numerous franchise records, including the benchmarks for most career doubles (343), home runs (336), RBIs (1,058), runs scored (889), slugging percentage (.556) and plate appearances (6,018).