The Phillies have signed Delmon Young to a one year, $750,000 contract.
Phillies fans — particularly those with a sabermetric bent — are up in arms. After all, Young has had multiple behavioral issues throughout his pro career; most recently, an anti-Semitic remark during a drunken rampage got him into trouble.
For certain, Young is a loose cannon. Absolutely, he is less-than-awesome at drawing walks (in a Jeff Francoeur kind of way) and is a below-average defender. On top of those issues, Young is coming off minor ankle surgery, that may or may not cause him to start the season on the DL. The Phillies plan to play him in right field, which is defensive suicide.
But, stepping away from the signing and looking at it through the lens of a Mets fan, a righthanded-hitting outfielder who hit 18 HR last year and 21 in 2010 was signed by another NL East team for a paltry $750,000.
Young likely would not have been a good fit in New York, for many reasons. But gee whiz — if it’s between one year and $750K for Delmon Young or two years and $8M for Scott Hairston, is there anything to think about?
Speaking of, with the Phillies signing Young it more or less eliminates Hairston from their free-agent hunting.
Would you have signed Delmon Young, if he would have agreed to play in Flushing for one year and $750,000? Answer in the comments.
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Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers.