Ruben Amaro, Jr. admitted that he had been thinking about signing Delmon Young in recent days. On Tuesday, he made it official by announcing that the Phillies and Young had agreed on a one-year deal worth $750,000.
Young, 27, has never lived up his initial hype after being selected No. 1 overall in the 2003 draft. He has some pop (89 career home runs), but he’s also known as a bit of a hacker at the plate. He batted .267 with 27 doubles, 18 homers and 74 RBI in 151 games last year with Detroit.
“Delmon is an experienced major league bat who will add some depth to our relatively inexperienced outfield and another layer of competition for playing time there as well,” said Amaro.
Young has had his problems — both on-the-field and off-the-field — with his personality. He was disciplined in the minors after throwing his bat at an umpire, and he was arrested for starting a fight and screaming anti-Semitic slurs.