Philadelphia Phillies Sign Delmon Young

Oct 25, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; Detroit Tigers left fielder Delmon Young (21) catches a ball during the sixth inning of game two of the 2012 World Series against the San Francisco Giants at AT

If I were free agent relief pitcher Jose Valverde, I’d be licking my chops because it is, apparently, sign Detroit Tigers castoffs that are terrible at baseball week. The Cleveland Indians announced a minor league deal with Ryan Raburn on Saturday evening, and today the Philadelphia Phillies announced that they’ve come to terms with Delmon Young.

The Phillies announced that they signed Delmon Young to a one-year, $750K deal. The contract includes performance bonuses for the Wasserman Media Group client. The Phillies are looking for the former first overall pick to compete for playing time in the outfield.

First off, yes, let’s have a chuckle that this is the Phillies – a National League team – that has signed Young to play baseball for them when they don’t have a DH spot to use. So in order for Young to crack a lineup in Philadelphia, he’s going to have to be able to play the outfield. And as we all know, he can’t play the outfield.

Kidding aside, though, this isn’t a terrible deal. It’s not a lot of (baseball) money – just $750K – so they’re apparently not expecting a ton of performance. I had figured a few weeks back that Delmon Young could produce up to three-quarters of a win if he was used in a strict platoon role – defense included. If that’s what the Phillies have in mind, then fine. It sounds nothing like a guaranteed role or starting spot, so paying a smidge more than the minimum for a bat that is plus versus left-handers isn’t horrible.

That being said, HAHAHAHAHA. Delmon Young. In the outfield.


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  • Matt Pelc

    I’ve already heard the “why couldn’t the Tigers re-sign him for that price?” They are saying the reason Detroit didn’t resign him was he was going to cost too much, yet where you going to play him? I think you made it clear with the horrible reminder about his fielding ability that Andy Dirks is a better option out there, and do Tiger fans remember the horrendous season he had in 2012 until the playoffs? My goodness, Jim Price was calling him out and when that happens and you’re a Tiger, you are in serious trouble!

    A good ALDS, a great ALCS, but it was time for the Tigers to move on from DY Part II.

    • chrisHannum

      My mind boggles. Young would have no value on the Tigers even as a right-handed reserve because he cannot play in the field.