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Dmitri Young worked out for the Pirates, but they didn’t make him an offer

Feb 14, 2012, 5:07 PM EST

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Dmitri Young shed a ton of weight as he tries to make a comeback at age 38, but he’s having trouble finding a team interested in signing him after last playing in the majors back in 2008.

Young worked out for the Pirates yesterday and Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that “they were impressed by the slimmed-down first baseman,” but ultimately they decided not to make him a contract offer.

Last month Young worked out for the Phillies and also failed to receive an offer, so he might be running out of possible opportunities with spring training about to begin.

Young was generally said to be well-liked and never ceased being a productive hitter even when his health failed him, so you’d think some team would give him a chance to be Triple-A depth when there’s no risk involved. For now Young told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com that he’ll “keep practicing and being ready.”

  1. cur68 - Feb 14, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Crikey, in a world where Adam Dunn has a spot in the Bigs you’d think Meat Hook could at least get a ST invite. Hang in there ‘Hook. Somone’ll take a chance on you: when that happens you get your Viking on and pounce on that chance like it’s meatsicle.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Feb 14, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      Adam Dunn has been a tremendous home run hitter for a decade, consistently, outside of last season. We really need to stop pretending Dunn is a joke. One year doesn’t erase how successful a guy can be again after 10 years of success, power-wise.

      That said, I hope Dimitri gets a shot. There isn’t a nicer guy around.

      • atworkident - Feb 15, 2012 at 8:08 AM

        … Dunn isn’t a joke he’s a punchline.

        ** rimshot **

  2. foreverchipper10 - Feb 14, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    I said this in an earlier thread about Young but since I had been playing catch up on the site for a few days I will restate it.

    If he signs with Minnesota will he eat with a Viking?

  3. jimbo1949 - Feb 14, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    I know there’s a more recent picture floating around in the ethernet. Give the man his due, get it up there.

  4. seahawks80 - Feb 14, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Wow, cant even get a offer from the Pirates…time to retire

    • dwick21 - Feb 14, 2012 at 8:55 PM

      Pirates are clearly a good judge of talent considering all the draft picks they have been given over the past 20 years…

  5. spezzabangsmilfs - Feb 14, 2012 at 6:33 PM

    He should have brought a hot girlfriend to convince the Pirate scouts

    • seahawks80 - Feb 14, 2012 at 7:25 PM

      he dont have the money for a hot girlfriend, thats why hes trying to get an offer from the Pirates

  6. rgledz - Feb 14, 2012 at 6:34 PM

    The Twins should take a flyer on him and see what he can do in spring training. It’s not like they’re over flowing with hitters. He could be a decent switch hitting DH…..something they don’t currently have. It may be a better option than trying to have Plouffe or Hughes take on that duty. God the Twins are gonna suck……..

  7. darrylrjoynt - Feb 15, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Go Dmitri!

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