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Reunited: Delmon Young signs with the Rays

Aug 22, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

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As soon as the Phillies released Delmon Young last week there was speculation that the Rays might be interested in reuniting with their one-time top prospect and sure enough Ken Rosenthal of reports that the two sides have agreed to a deal.

According to Rosenthal it’s a minor-league contract and Young will head to Double-A, presumably with an eye toward getting a September call-up once rosters expand. He’s still being paid by the Phillies, so the Rays got Young for basically nothing.

As an everyday player Young is a mess, dragging a team down offensively and defensively, but as a cheap part-timer used mostly as a designated hitter versus left-handed pitching he can still be somewhat useful. For his career Young has hit .306 with an .820 OPS versus lefties, which is more than 100 points higher than his OPS versus righties, and it’s hard to imagine the always defense-driven Rays being willing to watch him stumble around in the outfield.

Tampa Bay drafted Young first overall out of high school in 2003 and he played one-and-a-half seasons with the Rays before they traded him to the Twins for a package that included Matt Garza. Six hugely disappointing years later he returns to Tampa Bay not as a highly paid star, but as someone trying to save his career with a low-paid bench gig.

Last time Young played for Double-A Montgomery in the Rays’ farm system? Back in 2005, when he was 19 years old and hit .336 with 20 homers in 84 games. The next spring Baseball America named him the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball.

  1. historiophiliac - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    • blacksables - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:59 PM

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      • historiophiliac - Aug 22, 2013 at 3:56 PM

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      • blacksables - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:27 PM

        They only hate us because we’re smarter than they are.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

  3. giantssb42champs - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    …and it feels so good

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Good thing there aren’t any Jews in Florida.

    • indaburg - Aug 22, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      Yeah, this is really going to drive away that throng of fans from Tropicana Field. Oh, wait…

  5. myenta9345 - Aug 22, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    a jew hater on florida’s west coast PERFECT

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