The Philadelphia Phillies had a hole to fill in their outfield before the 2013 season got underway. The team found a player they wanted in Delmon Young and have signed him to play left field. This move brings some much-needed right-handed thunder to a lineup that can be too left-handed at times.
Young had a very successful season in 2012 with the Detroit Tigers and will bring that power to Philadelphia. The Phillies have so many left-handed bats with Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard that a right-handed hitter was needed just to balance the lineup. I think Young will fit in very well in the lineup for the Phillies, likely hitting No. 5 after Howard. Could Young surprise many people and have an even bigger year than he did with the Tigers in 2012? That is very possible, especially if Philadelphia gets a full season out of Utley and Howard which they didn’t have last season.
This move takes a lot of uncertainty out of what the Phillies were going to do before spring training gets underway in less than three weeks. If Young can even play at the same level that he did last year, it is a great move for the Phillies. The National League East isn’t bursting at the seams with great teams outside of the Washington Nationals, so any move that is made in the division could mean the difference between finishing second and dead last. The Phillies probably avoided the basement in 2013 with the addition of Young.
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