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Delmon Young working out at first base to pad resume

Dec 8, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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You’re never too old to start learning how to play first base. Delmon Young, shockingly only 28 years old, has never played a single inning at first base in his entire professional baseball career, but he has been working out at the position lately in order to make himself more attractive as a free agent, tweets Ken Rosenthal. At his current positions, corner outfielder and designated hitter, he is a remarkably poor defender or doesn’t hit enough to justify the position, respectively, so a move to first base somewhat mitigates each of the two downsides.

Young started the 2013 season with the Phillies when they signed him to an incentive-laden one-year contract. Aside from the performance incentives, the Phillies also paid him $100,000 every time he passed one of six weigh-ins, a method the team used to inspire him to cut his weight. As Rosenthal mentioned in his tweet, Young is down to 219 pounds. He was listed at 240 pounds. He posted a .699 OPS with the Phillies before they released him in mid-August. The Rays, the team which originally drafted him, picked him up for the stretch run. Young posted a .780 OPS in 70 trips to the plate for them.

It is a bit unfortunate for Young that he is choosing to move to first base now because the market has plenty of first base options available, both via free agency and via trade. James Loney, Corey Hart, Mark Reynolds, Lyle Overbay, and Kevin Youkilis are free agents. Meanwhile, Ike Davis or Lucas Duda, Logan Morrison, Mitch Moreland, Adam Lind, and Justin Smoak are reportedly available via trade at the right price.

  1. RoyHobbs39 - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    I don’t think Delmon needs anymore “padding”.

  2. nymets4ever - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Lots of statheads hate Delmon Young, but the guy has come up huge in some very big spots, esp. in the playoffs.

    • ryanprzy - Dec 9, 2013 at 3:28 AM

      I’m a life-long Tigers fan to no end, and the five homers he hit between the 2011 and 2012 postseasons were helpful, but they’re the end of his legacy.

      The truth is Delmon Young does not belong on a major league roster. He hurts a team more than he helps it and you can consult just about any reliable metric to prove my point. The guy got real lucky in a couple of clutch situations (almost like David Tyree’s catch but not nearly as memorable).

      The fact is that even in the seasons when DY hit 18 and 21 homers, he had 600+ plate appearances in both. He’s a waste in nearly every regard, and I’d be more than happy to see him sign with an AL Central team other than the Tigers.

  3. hittfamily - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Delmon Young is 3 weeks older than Evan Longoria.
    Let that sink in.

  4. ryanprzy - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Can’t hit for power, can’t hit for average, rarely draws walks, never steals bases, and is atrocious defensively wherever you put him… Oh, and he also has poor character.

    • cowboysoldiertx - Dec 9, 2013 at 8:41 AM

      How do you really feel about him?

      • ryanprzy - Dec 11, 2013 at 1:24 AM

        He’s on par with Babe Ruth and Ted Williams.

  5. proudlycanadian - Dec 9, 2013 at 6:18 AM

    Only 28 and he already has quite a resume.

  6. yanmontreal - Dec 9, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    Go Expos

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