Winter Meetings 2012: Seattle Mariners Checked In On Delmon Young

By Ryan Gaydos
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Free agent outfielder Delmon Young was the unsung hero of the 2012 American League Championship Series for the Detroit Tigers in the team’s win over the New York Yankees. At the MLB Winter Meetings, the Seattle Mariners have checked in on the free agent upon his availability for the 2013 season.

Young will be coming off ankle surgery from last month and is not a top-notch performer. For the Mariners to be looking at him could be a sign that they are losing leverage on a possible Josh Hamilton deal. Young is not expected to start working out for teams until January when he is fully recovered from ankle surgery.

Young batted over .300 in the playoffs but under performed during the season. In 2012, Young batted .267/.296/.411 and hit 18 home runs and drove in 74 RBI in 151 games in his first full season with the Tigers. Young was acquired by the Tigers in the 2011 season for two minor league players.

With Young having a dwindling offense, the 27-year-old could help out the young players the Mariners do have in the outfield. Seattle is looking for upgrades to replace Michael Saunders and Casper Wells or if need be, Young could play in the designated hitter slot moving Jesus Montero to catcher replacing John Jaso.

Seattle should be investing a one-year journeyman deal in Young as he is not too deserving of anything bigger than that. We will see what happens when January comes, but for now his name is heating up.

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