Wednesday, January 23, 2013

2013 Chachi Transactions #13 Delmon Young

Todd Zolecki's opening lines in the article announcing the signing of outfielder Delmon Young sums up the situation perfectly:

"The Phillies found a right-handed-hitting corner outfielder with power.  But this one comes with baggage."

Young enjoyed a decent season last year with the Tigers, hitting .267 with 18 home runs and 74 RBIs.  He had a fantastic postseason, winning the ALCS MVP honors while hitting .353 with 2 home runs and 6 RBIs against the Yankees.  Young's best season was his 2010 campaign with the Twins when he hit .298 with 21 home runs and 112 RBIs.  So the numbers have been there, but so have the problems.

Young was arrested last year in New York on aggravated harassment charges and he was suspended 50 games in 2006 for throwing his bat at an umpire.  So he's not exactly the kind of guy who makes you want to collect his baseball cards.  The other fall-out here is that the newly acquired Michael Young will now have to have "M." appended to the back of his Phillies jersey.

Moving On
Jason Pridie (10/6/12) - Filed for free agency (Signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles, 11/6/12)
Tyson Brummett (10/18/12) - Claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays
David Herndon (10/23/12) - Claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays (Signed a split contract with the New York Yankees, 11/20/12)
Juan Pierre (10/29/12) - Filed for free agency (Signed with the Miami Marlins, 11/17/12)
Brian Schneider (10/29/12) - Filed for free agency
Jose Contreras (10/29/12) - Team option declined
Placido Polanco (10/29/12) - Team option declined (Signed with the Miami Marlins, 12/20/12)
Ty Wigginton (10/29/12) - Team option declined (Signed with the St. Louis Cardinals, 12/14/12)
Nate Schierholtz (11/30/12) - Non-tendered (Signed with the Chicago Cubs, 12/21/12)
Vance Worley (12/6/12) - Traded to the Minnesota Twins with Trevor May for Ben Revere
Josh Lindblom (12/8/12) - Traded to the Texas Rangers with Lisalverto Bonilla for Michael Young and cash

New Additions
Ender Inciarte (12/6/12) - Selected in the Rule 5 draft from the Arizona Diamondbacks
Ben Revere (12/6/12) - Acquired from the Minnesota Twins for Vance Worley and Trevor May
Michael Young (12/8/12) - Acquired from the Texas Rangers with cash for Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla
Mauricio Robles (12/14/12) - Claimed off waivers from the Seattle Mariners
John Lannan (12/18/12) - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Washington Nationals.
Mike Adams (12/20/12) - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Texas Rangers.
Delmon Young (1/22/13) - Signed as a free agent formerly with the Detroit Tigers.

1 comment:

Carl Crawford Cards said...

Loved Delmon as a minor leaguer, but you're right, the baggage makes him pretty unlikeable. I think it's mostly maturity issues and having been "the man" from the time he was young.