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Orioles sign Delmon Young

Jan 13, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

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Eddie A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have signed Delmon Young to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Young hit .260/.307/.407 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI over 103 games last season between the Phillies and Rays. The 28-year-old owns an underwhelming .705 OPS dating back to 2011.

The Orioles have been very quiet this offseason, so they still have questions between the DH spot and left field. Young has enjoyed success against left-handed pitching during his career, so he could carve out a place for himself on the Opening Day roster assuming no significant additions are made between now and spring training.

UPDATE: According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Young will receive a $1 million salary if he makes the Orioles and can earn an additional $750,000 with incentives.

  1. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    That’s it. I’m calling it. Orioles 2014 World Series Champs.

  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    “assuming no significant additions are made between now and spring training.”

  3. Jeff - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    Reblogged this on Baseballs Bats.

  4. Ayana Rashed - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    Reblogged this on Imarashed.

    • strictlythedanks - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      shame on the both of you

  5. nymets4ever - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    Welp, I guess this all but confirms Cruz to Seattle.

    • pipkin42 - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      That’s a good point. At least they haven’t signed Cruz (yet).

  6. tsuscrumhalf - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    This on top of the Alexi Casilla signing has me incredibly optimistic. If we can get a starter or 2 like Jose Mercedes I’m buying playoff tickets ASAP!!!!

  7. rockthered1286 - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Reblogged on a site nobody will ever follow the link to.

  8. chaseutley - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:01 PM


  9. themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    I’d rather Alex Rodriguez was still playing and not this guy.

    • strictlythedanks - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:24 PM

      shame on you and your people

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:26 PM

        I have no time for drunken bigots. At his worse, Alex Rodriguez is a self destructive ass, but he harms no one but himself. This guy, Delmon? He can go f-himself.

      • strictlythedanks - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        Youd prefer the man they call anus-rod over young delmon?

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:39 PM

        they call anus-rod

        How old are you?

  10. strictlythedanks - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Shouldnt DElmon be working on his job as the miller high life guy??????

  11. hardkor07mn - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    As a twins fan, I watched this fool try and play left field for a few years. All I can say is good luck O’s. This guy is awful. He will swing at the first pitch no matter where it is. Watch!

  12. ayerselizabeth3 - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Reblogged this on Soap Opera Sporting and commented:
    While Young was only with the Rays for a short while, he was a clutch player. Here is a cool video of him crushing a MLB-high ninth postseason home-run against the Indian’s RHP Danny Salazar:

    • nymets4ever - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      At least you provided some commentary.

    • karlkolchak - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:42 PM

      I still don’t care.

  13. karlkolchak - Jan 13, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    “…can earn an additional $750,000 with incentives.”

    One can only assume the “incentives” involve Delmon NOT walking around shouting anti-Semitic slurs at people. Who does he think he is? Mel Gibson?

    • dylanthom2013 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:23 AM

      There’s about as much chance Delmon Young becoming relevant again if he ever was as there is of him successfully making cricket chirping sounds by rubbing his asscheeks together.

  14. historiophiliac - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:24 PM


    • historiophiliac - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:26 PM


    • nbjays - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      Breathe, woman, before you pass out. :-)

  15. hightopandrocket - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    He be wort da investment of monie…

  16. dylanthom2013 - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    Your move, every other team in MLB…

  17. RoyHobbs39 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Looks like Boog’s is going to have its best year ever…

  18. pisano - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    I’m wondering if his signing includes a Jenny Craig membership ? if not this guy will look like the Pillsbury dough boy in no time flat.

  19. historiophiliac - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    I saw this article last night on the app while I was getting ready to have class and I started rolling. I had to text my buddy (Orioles fan) RIGHT THEN. My students said: We have to know what’s that funny. So we all had a good laugh and the semester started off on the right foot with a little Hardball Talk. :)

  20. dowhatifeellike - Jan 14, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    I see the Orioles are deploying the “sign every outfielder” strategy. Still don’t have any starting pitching or a right-handed slugger.

    Wasn’t it just last year that Duquette said outfielders are a dime a dozen? I guess he’s spent two dimes already.

  21. edelmanfanclub - Jan 14, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Meh. He’s an ok hitter (but vs LHP) but he’s really just a DH. He can’t field and .316 career OBP vs a .282 career average?! This guy knows that you can get on base by taking four pitches out of the strike zone right?

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