• Phillies Sign Delmon Young

    Posted by on January 22nd, 2013 · Comments (6)

    Via Paul White

    The Philadelphia Phillies obviously weren’t as concerned about Delmon Young’s ability to play the outfield as his previous employers.

    The former Detroit outfielder and mostly DH signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Phillies today. The contract also includes undisclosed performance incentives.

    “Delmon is an experienced major league bat who will add some depth to our relatively inexperienced outfield and another layer of competition for playing time there as well,” said general manager Ruben Amaro in a statement released by the club.

    Average hitter, at best. Terrible fielder, at best. And, not the nicest person in the world, by any means. But, $750,000 ain’t that much more than the big league minimum.

    If he behaves, hits like he normally does, and they have a defensive caddy for him, the ROI here could be pretty good.

    Comments on Phillies Sign Delmon Young

    1. MJ Recanati
      January 22nd, 2013 | 4:58 pm

      We’ll see how much his defense drags down his offensive value. But, definitely, for $750K, it has the potential to provide a lot of surplus value for the Phillies.

    2. Raf
      January 22nd, 2013 | 5:28 pm

      Yep. And if he acts up, for whatever reason, he gets cut.

    3. Garcia
      January 22nd, 2013 | 5:30 pm

      Yeah I thought the same thing, too. That’s cheap. Low risk, high reward. Why can’t our GM make signings like that?

    4. BOHAN
      January 22nd, 2013 | 10:23 pm

      What is the minimum now??

    5. MJ Recanati
      January 23rd, 2013 | 9:21 am

      BOHAN wrote:

      What is the minimum now??

      League minimum is $490,000.

    6. MJ Recanati
      January 23rd, 2013 | 9:29 am

      Garcia wrote:

      Low risk, high reward. Why can’t our GM make signings like that?

      To be fair, he has. Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia provided roughly two wins above replacement for a combined $2.4M in 2011. Raul Ibanez was only a replacement-level player — mainly because he played TOO much and his defensive value dragged down the contributions he made with the bat — but was paid $1.1M in 2012.

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