The Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly agreed to a one-year, $750,000 deal with Delmon Young. According to sources, the deal could be worth up to $3.5 million with performance bonuses.
The Phillies hope that Young will be their every day right fielder. He comes at a cheap price. As he admits, “I’ve done some things where there is a reason for it. If I went out there and was an All-Star six years in a row and healthy and a model citizen, that wouldn’t have happened.”
For those of you who don’t follow Young’s career closely, he was arrested in New York last year for second-degree aggravated assault. General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. claims that he did his research on Young and that he’s confident in his abilities.
If you’ve been hanging around Phillies 101, you know that I was worried the Phillies would sign an older outfielder who couldn’t play every day. The last thing we needed to do was get older. Young is only 27 and, if he can stay out of trouble, he could contribute for at least this season.
Let’s take a look at Young’s last few seasons.
If you feel like I do about advanced statistics, this should scare you. The stats I didn’t include should scare you even more. While he isn’t great, he’ll be an upgrade over the platoon that Charlie Manuel was planning on running out there. Here’s to hoping that
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