January 22, 2013
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UPDATE: Delmon Young has agreed to sign with the Phillies for one year, $750,000.
ORIGINAL: Sources told CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury that the Phillies are seriously considering signing free agent outfielder Delmon Young.
“I think we can [get a corner outfielder before spring training],” general manager Ruben Amaro said. “We hope to do it… We’ve kicked around a lot of stuff. [Young’s] among them.”
A paragraph written by Salisbury sums up the good and bad in signing Young, who is a great right-handed hitter but is inconsistent on the field and has a past of being a problem off it:
In April 2012, an intoxicated Young was arrested after shouting anti-Semitic slurs outside of a New York hotel. Major League Baseball suspended Young, then with the Detroit Tigers, for seven days. The player apologized for the incident and completed a counseling and community service program. He returned to the Tigers and hit .267 with 18 homers and 74 RBIs in 151 games. He was a postseason standout, hitting .359 (11 for 31) with three homers and seven RBIs in the ALCS and World Series.