Phillies sign Delmon Young for 1-year Deal
- Updated: January 23, 2013
The Phillies announced Tuesday they had signed Young to a one-year, $750,000 contract, which a source said can become worth $3.5 million based on roster and performance bonuses.
Young has had many issues both on and off the field. A most recent incident occurred last April in New York, where police arrested him on a second-degree aggravated harassment charge. Major League Baseball suspended him seven days as a result. Young pleaded guilty on Nov. 7, and the league ordered him to undergo anger management and alcohol counseling. Young also served 10 days of community service. He was also previously suspended twice in his Minor League career, once 50 games for flinging a bat at an umpire.
And that is why Young is here: offense. He hit .267 with 27 doubles, 18 home runs, 74 RBIs and 151 games last season for the Tigers. He also hit .313 with three home runs and nine RBIs in 13 postseason games, including American League Championship Series MVP honors. His best season came in 2010 with the Twins, when he hit .298 with 46 doubles, 21 home runs, 112 RBIs and an .826 on-base-plus-slugging percentage.
If Delmon Young can hit these numbers as a Phillie; then this is a steal!