BoSox give Delgado minor-league deal

Slugger Carlos Delgado has signed a minor-league deal with the banged-up Boston Red Sox.

The deal stipulates that Delgado must be promoted to the major-league roster by Sept. 1 or he will have the opportunity to become a free agent, a major-league source said.

Delgado will be paid at a rate of $20,000 per month at triple-A and will receive a pro-rated portion of $3 million in the majors. The Red Sox have agreed not to offer arbitration.

Delgado also would get $75,000 for winning ALCS MVP and $100,000 for World Series MVP.

Boston first baseman Kevin Youkilis had season-ending surgery on his thumb Friday and Mike Lowell took his spot.

Delgado worked out for the Red Sox on Friday at Yankee Stadium and manager Terry Francona says he swung the bat well. But Francona cautioned Saturday that it’s too early to project what to expect from Delgado.

A two-time All-Star, Delgado had hip surgery in February and has not played at all in the 2010 season.

Delgado has played for the Blue Jays, Marlins and Mets in his 17-year MLB career. He is a career .280 hitter with 473 home runs and 1,512 RBIs. He has hit 30 or more home runs in 11 different seasons.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.