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Delmon Young and the Twins avoid arbitration

Feb 16, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

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The Twins and Delmon Young agreed to a one-year, arbitration-avoiding deal. It’s for $5.375 million, which is a tad less than the midpoint between Young’s filing number ($6.25 million) and the Twins’ filing number ($4.65 million).

Young had a something of a breakout year last year, hitting .298/.333/.493 with 21 homers and 112 RBI, but the Twins don’t seem to be completely sold on him as a long term fixture. He wasn’t especially lucky on balls in play last year, but at the same time he continues to swing at everything you throw at him and that doesn’t bode well for sustained success.

  1. kander013 - Feb 16, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    everybody del young tonight!

    • Joe - Feb 16, 2011 at 10:13 AM

      Uncool setting that bomb on everyone.

  2. Jeremiah Graves - Feb 16, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    I’ve got to agree, until Young learns a little patience at the dish, I’m not going to be completely sold on him either.

    I was super pumped when the trade happened and the Twins had actually acquired a legitimate top-prospect, he’s been nothing but disappointment for most of his stay up north, hopefully he puts together another big year and really gets things on track for good this year.

    • Jeremiah Graves - Feb 16, 2011 at 1:38 PM

      I don’t know if I really get the point of this thumbs up and thumbs down thing.

  3. Ari Collins - Feb 16, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    For his position he’s a below average hitter and a below average fielder. Sad that, for him, that WAS breaking out.

    • ThatGuy - Feb 16, 2011 at 11:22 AM

      He is definatly a below average fielder, but he is not a below average hitter. For leftfielders there are only 4 that had a higher OPS than him last year(Hamilton, Holliday, Braun and Crawford), maybe five if you count Cargo, but he split time between all three OF positions pretty evenly. He had a 121 OPS+. But your spot on with the defense, dude is awful.

  4. BC - Feb 16, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    He basically lived on 1) Morneau being out for a long time and 2) Mauer hitting about .600 from June onward. I’m not sold on him yet. Mark Reynolds has more patience at the plate than he does.

    • billtpa - Feb 16, 2011 at 3:38 PM

      I know what point you’re trying to make, but Mark Reynolds is a pretty damn patient hitter, having seen the fifth most pitches per plate appearance in baseball last year.

  5. trevorb06 - Feb 16, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Last year we finally saw Delmon hustle a little bit mroe for balls as opposed to his usual leisurely trot. Maybe this year we can get some sprinting out of him!

    • Andrew - Feb 16, 2011 at 12:49 PM

      Yeah, he hustled a bit more until he gained his weight back that he lost before the season.

  6. kulserd - Feb 16, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    You all do remember that he is 25 and played in a pitchers park right? I agree that he leaves a lot to be desired in left field but he is only getting better… ease up.

  7. kander013 - Feb 17, 2011 at 12:11 AM

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