Delmon Young Signs with the Phillies

Delmon Young was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies today to a 1-year contract.It was reported earlier today that the Philadelphia Phillies were interested in acquiring Delmon Young and according to Todd Zolecki the deal has been completed. It will be a 1-Year, $575,000 contract with the 27-year-old outfielder. The former #1 pick overall in the 2003 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays played for the Tigers last year hitting .267/.296/.707. He hit 18 home runs and knocked in 74 RBI’s. The 18 home runs was his second highest total after 21 he hit in 2010.

Young last year for the Tigers played mostly Designated Hitter and is known to be less than top tier when it comes to the defensive part of the outfield. He hit decent in the playoffs for the Tigers as they reached the World Series with 3 home runs and 9 RBI’s in 13 games played. He was the ALCS MVP for the team as well in their victory over the New York Yankees.

In the 31 games he played in left field for the Tigers in 2012 he committed 2 errors and his Fielding Percentage of .947 was the worst of his career in the least amount of games played.

Young will add a veteran bat in the outfield to join the ranks of Ben Revere, John Mayberry Jr., Domonic Brown, Laynce Nix and quite possibly Darin Ruf. This signing may lead to either Ruf, Mayberry or Brown not making the team out of Spring Training.

The right handed hitting Young will be on his 4th team in 9 seasons in the Major Leagues. Young is taking a significant pay cut as last year with the Tigers he made $6.75 million. This was his first year on the free agency market.

The career .284 hitter was 10th in the American League with 20 double plays he had hit into. He’s committed 34 errors in his career in the outfield. He led the AL with 8 in 2008 for the Minnesota Twins. This will be his first season in the National League. He’s never homered in Citizens Bank Park but is a lifetime 7-14 hitter at CBP with two doubles.

Last year he was arrested for a hotel fight in which he yelled anti-Semitic remarks in New York and ended up tussling with a man from Chicago. He was arrested and charged and pled guilty to to aggravated harassment on November 6th after the season had ended. He had to do 10 days of community service and apologized for his actions. He was suspended without pay for seven days by Major League Baseball. Young had a run-in with an umpire in the minor leagues in 2006 that led to him throwing the bat at the umpire. He was suspended for 50 games.

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