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Reds might take a flier on 38-year-old Dmitri Young

Dec 7, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

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Dmitri Young hasn’t played in a major league game since the 2008 season, but he recently dropped 70 pounds and is now working the lobby at the Winter Meetings with the hope of getting another shot.

And he might have actually found a suitor.

According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds will “consider taking a flier” on Young.

Reds GM Walt Jocketty hasn’t connected yet with Young or his agent, but a meeting could take place before the baseball world departs Dallas, Texas.

In his last big league season (2008), Young posted a respectable .280/.394/.400 batting line in 180 plate appearances for the Nationals. The year before (’07), he hit .320/.378/.491 in 508 plate appearances. Maybe there’s something left, and perhaps he could serve as a reserve outfielder with his newly-trimmed physique.

  1. Francisco (FC) - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    Young: forgive me Father for I have sinned. It’s been 3 years since I’ve played a major league baseball game…

    Tell me that doesn’t look like a confessional!

  2. cintiphil - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:13 PM

    Oh boy, is this a mistake. I can’t get over Walt going after all of the old washed up Cardinal players. And, I like Young, he did play well. But why try to re-hab a guy like this when we have so many young guys who have more potential, and are in need of that help? Can’t you possibly compete for some every day players and bring up and develop the young guys in the system?

    • stlouis1baseball - Dec 8, 2011 at 9:23 AM

      Phil: I hear what you are saying and I can totally appreciate your apprehension. However, there is one thing Dimitri could always do and do very well….and that is hit frozen ropes. The dude has always flat out stroked the ball. He is 38 years old. He has been out of the league 3 years. I would venture to guess these 3 years humbled the Man greatly. I think this is evidenced by the 70 pounds he has dropped (assuming that is accurate). Sooo…you take a chance…use him as a backup OF/1st Baseman and primary pinch hitter. What do you possibly have to lose?
      Your gonna’ sign him for about $12.00.

  3. metalhead65 - Dec 7, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    if this is walt’s idea of improving the team then there is no hope for the reds next season. let’s see play our young guys and get them the experiance they need to improve and help the team long term while losing or continue to sign washed up ex-cards and other players nobody wants and lose. which seems like the better long term plan? any word yet if Ozzy Smith has decided to come out of retirement and play the reds xan have a experianced back up short stop?

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