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Delmon Young and the Rays headed for a reunion?

Aug 16, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Where might Delmon Young land now that he’s been released by the Phillies? How about back where it all started for him in Tampa Bay? Seriously.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports “mutual interest and conversations” between the Rays and Young, who was drafted first overall by Tampa Bay in 2003 and made his MLB debut there in 2006 before later being traded to Minnesota for Matt Garza and Jason Bartlett.

As the Phillies learned Young drags a team down offensively and defensively as an everyday player, but if used as a part-timer versus left-handed pitching he might be sort of useful. He’s a career .306 hitter with an .820 OPS versus lefties, compared to .273 with a .706 OPS versus righties, and the Rays could also stick him at designated hitter to alleviate Young’s massive defensive issues.

  1. lionsplayoffs - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    He’s useless in the field, but he came up big at the plate in both playoff appearances for the Tigers – 2011 and 2012. He was clutch.

    • pourman - Aug 16, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      I thought he would be a disaster in Philly and he was, but not for the reasons I feared. To his credit, he tried and was not disruptive. He just can’t play the field. He’s REALLY slow. He may have some value as a DH or bat off the bench. He is only 27. Probably low risk for an AL team.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    He is more suited to the American League than the National League. His former team would be paying most of his salary.

  3. dan1111 - Aug 16, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    I like the idea of picking him up as a platoon player.

    Also, wow: the old D-Rays uniforms have developed a cool retro look already!

    • jcmeyer10 - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:21 AM

      They’ve aged like a fine wine.

  4. thebadguyswon - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Come back and taste the Evian, Delmon!

    • spursareold - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Evian spelled backwards is naive.

  5. raysfan1 - Aug 16, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Dunno…he’s not exactly baggage-free, and we’ve already met our quota of character issues players. I’m not the GM but I think I’d pass.

  6. kelshannon19 - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Wow do I wish the Rays would wear those duds permanently. So slick.

  7. chaseutley - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Delmon Young: Living proof of why baseball should abolish the DH.

    • Bryz - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      Jim Thome: Living proof of why it should stay.

  8. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    So, Luke Scott and Delmon Young can form a platoon to effectively offend every human being alive. Racism is the new inefficiency.

    • Reflex - Aug 16, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Thanks. I almost wore my coffee.

  9. edelmanfanclub - Aug 16, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    He’ll be alright in a platoon, not a bad signing if it’s for cheap. You should put up a picture of what he looks like now, instead of what he looked like as a prospect. Now he’s…you know…. bigger, not as happy, and with less potential (granted not throwing bats at umpires).

  10. wmwolfe - Aug 16, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    I think in his case it would be akin to trying to remarry your ex- wife. As time passes I think it’s human nature to forget a lot of the bad stuff and just look at things through rose colored glasses. This divorce happened for a reason and the only thing that has changed is the ex is in a little worse shape now

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