The Phillies signed Delmon Young to a one year $750k contract. Based on Young’s disappointing 2012 he deserves every dollar of that contract and not a penny more. When the Tigers traded for Delmon Young in the 2011 season they assumed that with Victor Martinez on the disabled list and two monster hitters in front of him Delmon would get good pitches to look at. Conventional wisdom said that this would allow Delmon Young develop into the star that some thought he would become after post a 112 RBI season for the Minnesota Twins in 2010.
While Young’s splits in Detroit did not look awful [151 games, 18 HR, 74 RBI, .267 Avg, .296 OBP] he did not provide the .300 average and 25-30 home runs the Tigers wanted. Furthermore his at bats did not strike any fear into opposing pitchers, and though his stats may say “average” the tone of his season was more “ineffective”.
This one year contract with the Phillies is exactly what Delmon needs. The best situation for Delmon going into the offseason was to sign a contract with a contender that was either laced with incentives or a one year deal. In short Delmon needs to prove he is worth a spot on a major league team.
On the other hand the Phillies need an outfielder with experience. The other outfield options are: Ben Revere entering his 3rd season, rookie Darin Ruf, Dominic Brown who has yet to see considerable major league playing time and Laynce Nix a bottom barrel platoon player.
For the money the contract works for both Delmon and the Phillies. Philadelphia gets cheap outfield help, and Delmon gets a chance to prove himself in a stadium that helps players inflate their statistics. Win-Win.