The Philadelphia Phillies have added Delmon Young to their outfield mix at the bargain price of $750,000, $6 million less than he made last season with the Detroit Tigers, the price of pleading guilty to a drunken episode of aggravated harassment for shouting an anti-Semitic slur and tackling a man to the ground. The 27-year-old defensively-challenged outfielder batted .267 with 27 doubles, 18 homers and 74 RBI for Tigers last season and hit .313 with three homers with nine RBI in the postseason when he was the MVP of the ALCS against the Yankees.
Young is being counted on to serve as the Phils right fielder and started 29 games in left field last season when he was Detroit’s designated hitter. He has 156 career starts in right field, including 127 for Tampa Bay in 2007. His career defensive Rtot in his two seasons in right is -6, a significant improvement over his five-year record in left field which is -46.
Earlier this offseason, the Phils acquired Michael Young from the Rangers to be their everyday third baseman. Texas will pay $10 million of the $16 million owed to Young. Michael has a -23 Rtot in his five seasons as a third baseman. At 36, he’ll be the Phils oldest everyday player.