CSNPhilly’s Jim Salisbury is reporting that the Phillies are “seriously considering” signing free agent Delmon Young . The 27 year old Young is coming off of an impressive performance last season for the Tigers, specifically in the playoffs. Young was named the ALCS MVP after going 6-for-17 with two homeruns and seven RBI in the four game sweep of the New York Yankees. Overall in the postseason, Young was 15-for-48 (.365) with three homerun, nine RBI, and five runs scored. Young’s impressive postseason came after he hit .267 with 18 homeruns and drove in 74 RBI in 151 regular season games for the Tigers in 2012. His beat season came in 2010 with the Twins when he hit .298 with 21 homeruns and 112 RBI.
It is not all positive with Young on and off the field. On the field he only played 29 games in left field for the Tigers last season as he spent much of the season and all of the postseason as the team’s designated hitter. He would not a defensive improvement over the guys the Phillies are considering platooning in the corner outfield spots.
Off the field, Young has had his conditioning questioned as he tends to be a little on the heavier side. Young stands at 6’3” and weighs in at 240 lbs. He was arrested at the end of April outside of a New York hotel yelling anti-Semetic slurs and was subsequently suspended for seven games. The incident in 2012 happened nearly six years to the day that he infamously threw his bat at an umpire in a minor league game.
There are pros and cons to this move but the cost might not be high for Young and that might be good for a player that, at age 27, might be entering the prime of his career. Whether Young signs or not, the move does not leave Phillies fans any more comfortable with the Phillies outfield.
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