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Jays Make Right Pitch to Delgado

December 10, 1999

TORONTO (AP) _ Toronto Blue Jays slugger Carlos Delgado has agreed to a three-year extension with the club that will make him the highest-paid athlete in the city’s sports history, the Toronto Star said today.

Exact terms of the deal, believed to be worth more than $12 million per season with bonuses factored in, were to be announced at a news conference today, the newspaper said.

``I’m happy to be in Toronto, I’ve always said that,″ Delgado said. ``Am I on Cloud 9? I’ll tell you later. But it sure feels like it.″

Earlier in the day, Delgado’s agent, David Sloane, put the finishing touches on the deal with Jays president-general manager Gord Ash, the Star said.

``They did the deal,″ said Delgado, who went solo to a face-to-face session Wednesday with Ash and team vice-presidents Stu Hutcheson and Terry Zuk. ``I did not fire my agent.″

News of the agreement comes as baseball executives are preparing to gather at Anaheim, Calif., for the annual winter meetings.

Ash was testy Thursday when asked in the afternoon whether a deal with Delgado had been reached.

``I think we’ve exhausted all there is to say on the Delgado subject,″ he said.

Ash has been under pressure to do something about Delgado after trading right fielder Shawn Green to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Demand for Delgado on baseball’s trade market was lukewarm, with four teams believed to have expressed interest.

Delgado is coming off a broken ankle suffered in mid-September after hitting 44 home runs with 134 RBIs in 1999.