Carlos' decision soon

BOB ELLIOTT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:26 AM ET

The Carlos Delgado sweepstakes reaches another level today.

David Sloane, who represents Delgado, will be doubling up today, meeting with both the Baltimore Orioles and the Florida Marlins.

BIGGEST NAME LEFT

The slugging first baseman and former Blue Jay is the final premier free agent left on the open market.

The New York Mets and the Texas Rangers still are in the picture, while the Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox are no longer in the hunt.

Delgado hit 32 homers and knocked in 99 runs while batting .269 in 128 games in 2004. He missed 33 games because of a rib-cage injury.

Marlins general manager Larry Beinfest met with Sloane for 5 1/2 hours Saturday in Miami. Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, just back from a business trip to France and manager Jack McKeon flew in for the meeting.

Originally the Marlins offered Delgado a three-year, $35 million US deal.

Last week Delgado met with New York Mets GM Omar Minaya in Puerto Rico. Rangers owner Tom Hicks, GM John Hart and manager Buck Showalter also will meet with Delgado and Sloane later in the week.

Delgado hit at least 30 homers each of the past eight seasons for the Jays.


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