After a few weeks of Spring Training, the Philadelphia Phillies are getting more of an idea of what their 2013 Opening Day roster is going to look like.
One player who has not been looked at is recently-signed outfielder Delmon Young.
Young was signed to a one-year deal by the Phillies in late-January. Young’s contract has a base minimum of $750,000, but with the added incentives, can add up to a total of $2.5 million.
According to Ken Rosenthal:
The report brings two different perspectives for the Phillies:
1. The incentive clause in Young’s contract, which requires him to pass six separate weigh-ins throughout the season that would result in $100,000 bonus each time, could likely be reached.
2. The Phillies, according to another Rosenthal report, believe that Young could regain his mobility from the past with the loss in weight.
Young is coming off an injury-plagued season where he batted .267, hit 18 home runs, and drove in 78 runs. He was a key component to the Detroit Tigers postseason success. Young hit a combined .319 in 13 postseason games, crushed three home runs, and drove home 11 runs for the eventual World Series-runner up.
Young was also named the ALCS MVP for his .353 batting average, two home runs, and six runs-batted-in during a four-game sweep of the New York Yankees.
With a healthy Young in the Phillies lineup, FanGraphs’ Bill James projections have the twenty-seven-year old projected to bat .279 in 144 games, hit 17 home runs, and drive in 80 runs.
If Young is close to producing those numbers, the Phillies have a legitimate shot to contend in 2013. If he is cleared to begin running, the Phillies will find themselves with another weapon for their 2013 roster.