The Detroit Tigers parted ways with Delmon Young at the end of the 2012 MLB season. This came after Young had a great season for the Tigers that ended with the ALCS MVP Award. Today, the Philadelphia Phillies signed Young to a one year deal.
The move by the Phillies is surprising for me, because they play in the National League. Young played 33 games in the outfield last year and spent most of his time with the Tigers as a designated hitter. Young did play more than 98 games in left field each of the four seasons prior to 2012. The Phillies are rumored to want Young to play right field, paired with Darin Ruf and Dominic Brown, both young prospects. Young has not played the right field position since the 2007 season.
Young was expendable by the Tigers, due to the return of Victor Martinez from injury. After making $6.75 million with the Tigers in 2012, Young will take a pay cut with the Phillies. In a bonus laced contract, Young will have a base salary of $750,000 in 2013.
Young is still a power offensively. In 2012, Young hit .267 with 18 home runs and 74 RBI. The former number one pick overall in the 2003 MLB Draft could prove to be a low risk high reward. However, the biggest question will be how a National League team uses Young in an everyday role. Perhaps the Phillies want Young as a mentor to their young outfielders.