Phils Sign OF Delmon Young To 1 Year Deal

Phillies sign Delmon Young to deal for one year

Right-handed slugging outfielder was ALCS MVP last year, had 108 RBIs in 2010

By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com | 01/22/2013 2:56 PM ET

Delmon Young comes up clutch for the Tigers during the ALCS with four go-ahead hits against the Yankees

PHILADELPHIA — The Phillies found a right-handed-hitting corner outfielder with power.

But this one comes with baggage.

The Phillies and free agent Delmon Young agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract worth $750,000 plus potential performance bonuses. The signing screams low-risk, high-reward for the Phillies. Young, who is 27, earned 2012 American League Championship Series MVP honors with the Detroit Tigers and hit .267 with 18 home runs and 74 RBIs in the regular season. He also had a career-high 112 RBIs in 2010 with the Minnesota Twins and has a career .824 OPS against left-handed pitchers.

But Young also has battled consistency issues on the field and has had several notable off-the-field problems, including an April arrest in New York on a second-degree aggravated harassment charge. Police said an intoxicated Young hurled anti-Semitic slurs at four men, and Major League Baseball suspended him for seven days as a result.

He was suspended twice in his Minor League career, for three games in 2005 for making contact with an umpire and for 50 games in 2006 for flinging a bat at an umpire.

However, the Phillies are comfortable with the risks, especially considering they made only a one-year commitment to him.

If Young plays well, the Phillies could have a productive corner outfielder at a remarkable bargain.

If he causes problems, well, the Phillies always can cut him loose without taking a significant payroll hit.

“Delmon is an experienced Major League bat who will add some depth to our relatively inexperienced outfield and another layer of competition for playing time there as well,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

The Phillies had been looking for a corner outfielder since the beginning of the offseason. But how much outfield can Young play? And how effectively? He played just 31 games in the outfield last season, appearing in 113 games as Detroit’s designated hitter.

Young, listed at 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, has had conditioning issues in the past, and last season he played with bone spurs in his ankle. He had surgery to remove the spurs in November and is expected to be ready for Spring Training.

Young’s arrival creates an interesting outfield situation for the Phillies. Ben Revere will be the team’s everyday center fielder. Young presumably will take one of the corner outfield spots, potentially as an everyday player. That could result in Domonic Brown and John Mayberry Jr. sharing time in the other corner spot with Laynce Nix a reserve and Darin Ruf possibly opening the season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley to get more seasoning.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.\

Delmon Damarcus Young

Position: Leftfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6′ 3″, Weight: 240 lb.

Born: September 141985 in Birmingham, AL (Age 27)
High School: Adolfo Camarillo HS (Camarillo, CA)
Drafted
 by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 2003 amateur draft.
Signed September 8, 2003. (All Transactions)
Debut: August 29, 2006 (Age 20)
Teams (by GP): Twins/DevilRays/Tigers 2006-2012
2013 Contract Status: Free Agent (details) [*]
Service Time (01/2013): 6.034, Free Agent: 2013 [*], Agents: Arn Tellem [*]
Relatives: Brother of Dmitri Young

Year Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG
2006 TBD 30 126 16 40 9 1 3 10 1 24 .317 .336 .476
2007 TBD 162 645 65 186 38 0 13 93 26 127 .288 .316 .408
2008 MIN 152 575 80 167 28 4 10 69 35 105 .290 .336 .405
2009 MIN 108 395 50 112 16 2 12 60 12 92 .284 .308 .425
2010 MIN 153 570 77 170 46 1 21 112 28 81 .298 .333 .493
2011 TOT 124 473 54 127 21 1 12 64 23 85 .268 .302 .393
2011 MIN 84 305 26 81 16 0 4 32 18 55 .266 .305 .357
2011 DET 40 168 28 46 5 1 8 32 5 30 .274 .298 .458
2012 DET 151 574 54 153 27 1 18 74 20 112 .267 .296 .411
7 Yrs 880 3358 396 955 185 10 89 482 145 626 .284 .317 .425
162 Game Avg. 162 618 73 176 34 2 16 89 27 115 .284 .317 .425
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/22/2013.

 

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