Miami Carlos Delgado was traded to the New York Mets by the cost-cutting Florida Marlins on Thursday for first baseman Mike Jacobs and two minor leaguers.
The Mets also will receive $7 million from the Marlins to help cover the $48 million Delgado is owed over the next three seasons. The minor leaguers going to Florida are pitcher Yusmeiro Petit and infielder Grant Psomas.
"One of our goals this offseason was to acquire a big bat for the middle of our lineup," Mets general manager Omar Minaya said. "Carlos Delgado certainly fits that description. He'll be a superb fit for our lineup."
The teams reached a preliminary agreement on the deal Wednesday, but it needed to be approved by the commissioner's office because more than $1 million is changing hands.
"We thank Carlos Delgado for his contributions and wish him well," Marlins general manager Larry Beinfest said. "He did a great job for the Marlins in 2005."
The two trades would cut Florida's payroll, which was $60 million at the start of last season, by about $27 million for 2006.
Delgado hit .301 with 33 homers and 115 RBIs in his lone season with the Marlins, reaching 30 homers for the ninth consecutive year. The 33-year-old first baseman, who spent his first 12 major-league seasons with Toronto, has a .284 career average with 369 homers and 1,173 RBIs.
He also attracted attention for protesting the U.S.-Iraq war by refusing to stand when "God Bless America" was played at major-league ballparks.
Delgado nearly joined the Mets last season before signing a $52 million, four-year deal with Florida. But he was disenchanted with the way the Mets recruited him a year ago, saying the team tried to appeal to his Latin heritage too much. Now, the two-time All-Star slides into a New York lineup that also includes center fielder Carlos Beltran, left fielder Cliff Floyd and third baseman David Wright.