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Ruben Amaro really liked Delmon Young

Aug 9, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

Delmon Young

Delmon Young was one of the easiest players to dislike in recent Philadelphia sports history. He had a memorable off-the-field incident involving alcohol and anti-Semitic remarks last year, he required weight clauses in his contract as incentive to stay in shape, he has been quite the unproductive player, and his arrival in Philadelphia was a direct result of GM Ruben Amaro’s decision to non-tender Nate Schierholtz, who eventually signed with the Cubs and had a great season.

Even after designating the outfielder for assignment, though, Amaro couldn’t help but praise Young:

Young’s clubhouse presence was incredibly useful on a team that was realistically out of playoff contention before the All-Star break and certainly after losing 13 of 15 games after the break. And Young is certainly better than his -1.2 WAR, via Baseball Reference, indicates. His WAR is a career-worst, exceeding last year’s 0.8 and ranks 606th out of 614 qualified position players in the National League.

The Delmon Young era ends in Philadelphia with the outfielder reaching four of six weight incentives at $100,000 each (via Matt Gelb), two roster time bonuses at $100,000 each (40 and 80 days), and one playing time bonus at $150,000 for reaching 250 plate appearances (he earned an immediate $250,000 for his first day on the active roster as well). All told, Young will get his $750,000 base salary plus an additional $900,000 in incentives.

  1. flamethrower101 - Aug 9, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    What a joke RAJ is

    • dan1111 - Aug 10, 2013 at 4:59 AM

      I don’t think one should fault a GM for saying nice things about players. Bashing a player as he goes out the door accomplishes nothing. Saying something positive, even about a flawed player, is commendable.

      Statements like this should not be interpreted as talent evaluation.

      • RBIs Win Games - Aug 10, 2013 at 8:05 AM

        He wasn’t required to say anything at all, beyond “We wish him luck in his future endeavors.”

  2. unclemosesgreen - Aug 9, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    I feel RAJ on this one – I love donuts too.

  3. unclemosesgreen - Aug 9, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Y’know who should also love Delmon Young? Dave Dombrowski. Hopefully he’s negotiating with the agents of both Delmon and Brandon Inge. To reunite that duo with Don Kelly – hello multiple W.S. rings. A premium corner OF and two amazing super-utility guys? Just do it! All the Tiggers have to do is DFA Hernan Perez and Phil Coke. No big loss. Rings are worth it.

    • buffal0sportsfan - Aug 9, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      And Brennan Boesch along for the ride amiright?

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 9, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        He so could be – just a phonecall away buddy.

  4. boyofzimmer - Aug 9, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    This guy sounds like a clown more and more. Are Philadelphia fans demanding his firing?

    • deep64blue - Aug 9, 2013 at 8:43 PM


    • scotttheskeptic - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      Yes, to the point that I am about to surrender my season tickets. (Hit ’em in the pocketbook.)

  5. yahmule - Aug 9, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    I started rooting against this guy when he pinwheeled his bat at that umpire in AAA. He’s never given me any reason to reconsider.

  6. officialgame - Aug 9, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    This is exactly why Amaro is considered an idiot, dolt around baseball and should be fired. He is moron who destroyed the farm system, made bad trades, and couldn’t even make the small but astute moves competent GM’s do on their sleep.

    • flamethrower101 - Aug 9, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      Does anyone (and that includes other managers, GMs, officials) even respect Ruben Amaro? Doesn’t seem like him. He makes the dumbest decisions and has the lamest excuses. Seriously, he non-tendered Nate Schierholtz for Delmon Young? And Schierholtz is tearing it up for Cubs. Meanwhile, Young might not even get a contract for next season.

      • scotttheskeptic - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:49 AM

        flamethrower, while the signing of Delmon Young was yet another sign a sign to this fan that Amaro has no clue, I do object to the false dichotomy that it was Schierholtz v. D. Young. That suggests that Ruben was without other options.

      • scotttheskeptic - Aug 10, 2013 at 12:52 AM

        flamethrower, please do not create the false dichotomy that it was Schierholtz v. D. Young. Amaro is a buffoon who operates like a craps shooter, maybe this next roll works out.

  7. thebadguyswon - Aug 10, 2013 at 7:25 AM

    Ruben Amaro is an idiot and its becoming clearer by the month.

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