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UPDATE: The Phillies signed Delmon Young

Jan 22, 2013, 10:52 AM EDT

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UPDATE: It actually happened. Here’s our post.

10:52 AM: This is proof that God exists and wants me to be happy. From Jim Salisbury of

Sources tell that the Phils are seriously considering signing free-agent Delmon Young. Amaro, who typically keeps matters of free-agency close to his vest, did not deny that. “We’ve kicked around a lot of stuff,” he said. “He’s among them.”

Young hit .267/.296/.411 with 18 homers and 74 RBI in 574 at-bats last season, which simply does not cut it for a guy with close to zero defensive value.

As it stands right now, the Phillies outfield would be Darin Ruff, Ben Revere and Domonic Brown.  Frankly, I’d try my chances with those guys before giving any money to Young.  If they don’t work, there will likely be someone like him freely available — or close to freely available — after the season begins. Maybe even him.

  1. craigisaloser - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:58 AM

    F U Craig

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

      I think that you just made Craig’s day even better.

    • El Bravo - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      I feel like I’ve learned something from this eloquent commentary.

      • dan1111 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM

        The combination of username and comment is almost poetic.

      • chadjones27 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        Let’s hope he procreates… a lot.

    • chill1184 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      Craig got the reaction he was looking for

    • heyblueyoustink - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:24 AM

      Maybe he’s related to ‘Cepts?

    • purnellmeagrejr - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      Loooks like he’d fit right in on the Right side of the Philllies defensive line.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 22, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      From “The Odd Couple”

      Oscar Madison: You leave me little notes on my pillow. Told you 158 times I can’t stand little notes on my pillow. “We’re all out of cornflakes. F.U.” Took me three hours to figure out F.U. was Felix Ungar

  2. jayfur4u - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Why do people diss this guy so much. He bats .270 hits almost 20 home runs brings in 75 RBIs, yes he is not the best fielder, but there are much more crappier players out there that are already on rosters. Being from Detroit, I watched him closely for years, he did what he had to do. He was solid in the playoffs, and was a great teammate. What happened last year in New York was a one time thing that was instigated by the “victim”. I hope he lands somewhere and does well, I just want to see him take his itty bitty baby steps around the bags when he hits it in the gap.

    • alang3131982 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

      Putting aside the more asinine parts of your comment, Young has a .311 OBP over the past three seasons. He has a 102 OPS+. He is, in short (and at best) and average offensive talent. With no defense or speed value, he simply isnt a full time player.

      His .746 OPS since 2010 is tied for 132rd behind Aubrey Huff and Vernon Wells.

      In reality, Young does one thing well: hit lefties (.307/.341/.483), which would make him a pretty good platoon option for Domonic Brown or Ryan Howard. If the Phils use him like that, he’s probably worth a few million, but at best he’s a starter against lefties (who is pulled for a defensive replacement) or a bat off the bench against a LOOGY. That’s not that valuable. and he’s a total jerk

      • Jeremy Fox - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:44 AM

        Plus, the Phillies already have other platoon options if they want to go that route. Last year John Mayberry Jr. hit .271/.317/.494 against lefties, plus he can play decent defense and runs pretty well. I’d much rather see him than Young playing against lefties.

    • Alex K - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      He doesn’t get on base nearly enough, and he doesn’t hit for a lot of power. He’s a miserable defender. What is there to like?

      Also, please explain how it was the victim of an assults fault. I’m dying to know.

    • dluxxx - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM

      Ah yes, the “victim” forced him to scream anti-semetic remarks? Sure… Happens all the time to nice upstanding young men…

    • rodtorfelson - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      You must not be a fan of the Rays, Twins or Tigers, fan bases who are more than happy to diss Delmon Young. You would think otherwise if you had to suffer thru an entire season of Young’s awful at bats and defensive butchery.

      • dan1111 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        I’ve only seen Young play one game in person, but by my count he swung and missed at 762 balls.

        And that was just his outfield defense…

    • paperlions - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      Are we sure this isn’t a brilliant satirical parody?

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 22, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      No Rebuttal Jayfur4u?

      Looked stupid enough for one day?

  3. aceshigh11 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    *gets popcorn and waits for randynyc to whine endlessly about what a bad guy Delmon Young is*

  4. digbysellers - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    This guy can’t catch a cold and I can score from first on his arm…please don’t sign him Rube.

    • dan1111 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      His arm must be in pretty good shape if it can carry you all that way. I was against this signing, but I’m reconsidering it.

      • kopy - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        Delmon Young must be one of those guys in the gym that only does curls, and just tries to grow his bicepts.

      • digbysellers - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:13 PM

        Was a good effort, but just not that funny. I’m sure Craig will let you try again.

  5. tfbuckfutter - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    He looks like Humpty Dumpty.

    • dluxxx - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:29 AM

      He looks like he ATE Humpty Dumpty.

    • nolanwiffle - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      Unlike Humpty Dumpty, the Phillies didn’t have a great fall……or summer for that matter.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:40 AM


      I posted that as an explanation for his poor defense.

      He is scared of walls.

      • dan1111 - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        Say what you will, but I hear this is the season he’s hoping to put it all together again.

  6. summeroftony - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    They’ll still finish higher than the Braves.

  7. phillyphreak - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:04 PM


  8. macjacmccoy - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    I like Delmon Young always have. If he fields all that bad let him hit off the bench. You know you can do that when your owners arent as greedy as the Braves and actually will let you spend money.

    • macjacmccoy - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      The only reason I wouldnt want him is bc it would once again give Charly and Rube an excuse not to give Dom Brown a real chance. Plus Ruf isnt a spring chicken Young would probably get him another wasted year.

  9. randygnyc - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Personally, Delmon Young doesn’t deserve to play MLB. Preferably, all these teams would blackball this anti-Semitic, bigot, but I’d settle for a career ending injury as a last resort.

    • aceshigh11 - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      Right on cue…

  10. sargespeak - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    I can’t wait for Jewish American Hertiage Night!

  11. paperlions - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    I thought Craig was rather generous with his “close to zero defensive value” comment. It is close to zero within the context of negative infinity to positive infinity, but it is also most clearly negative value.

  12. muckthefets23 - Jan 22, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    I feared this would happen eventually, who else is out there on the market that is a right handed power bat, that doesnt totally suck defensively?? I’m pretty sure the answer is nobody.

  13. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 22, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    It’s a done deal
    1 year 750,000

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 22, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      Both heyman and knobler are reporting it

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