The Baltimore Orioles added another candidate for their right handed hitting designated hitter spot as they announced the signing of veteran outfielder Delmon Young to a Minor League deal on Monday. The deal includes an invitation to Spring Training.
Young, who split time between the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays last season, hit .260 with 11 homers and 38 RBI in 103 games.
Baltimore is unquestionably attracted to Young's ability to hit left handed pitching as he boasts a career .303 average with a .341 on base percentage against lefties. Danny Valencia had emerged as the right handed DH option last season, but was traded to Kansas City in exchange for David Lough, thus the Orioles need to replace Valencia's bat.
Young would strictly be an option as the right handed DH, and an outfielder in an emergency. He will be competing against the likes of Steve Pearce, Nolan Reimold and Michael Almanzar for the right handed DH spot and has the best MLB numbers against lefties among the group.
Delmon was the first overall pick in the 2003 MLB Draft by the Rays, and is a career .282/.316/.423 hitter with 100 home runs in parts of eight seasons and 3,692 at-bats.
This is a very low risk, high reward type of signing since it is only a minor league deal with a Spring Training invite, and his track record against left handers already makes the case for him to break camp with the Orioles. He is still just 28 years old, and if he makes the big league team, his contract will be worth $1 million plus an addition of $750,000 possible with incentives.
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