"We're looking to bolster our depth," said Ray's executive VP Andrew Friedman. Delmon does that. He's another right-handed hitting option that we will potentially have available to us for the stretch run. It's way too early to predict all the roster changes that we'll have between now and the end of the season. I just know that we're better prepared today with Delmon as an option for us."
Right now there is no timetable when Young will join the team, though speculation is that he could before the September 1 roster expansion as he would then be eligible for the post-season.
Young was designated for assignment by Philadelphia on August 9 and released on August 14 after clearing waivers as he refused an outright assignment to Triple-A. Since his release he has been in Arizona working out with hitting Coach Jeff Pentland and receiving treatment on his ankle.
This season with the Phillies, Young hit .261 (71-for-272) with eight home runs and 31 RBI in 80 games. Against left-handed pitchers, he hit .286 (18-for-63) with a .361 on-base percentage.
An original Tampa Bay Devil Ray, Young was selected by the Rays with the first overall pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft and made his debut in 2006. In 192 games with the Rays, Young hit .293 with 16 home runs and 103 RBI.
In his only full season with the Rays, he finished second in the 2007 AL Rookie of the Year voting to Boston’s Dustin Pedroia after hitting .288 (186-for-645) with 13 home runs, 38 doubles, 93 RBI and 10 stolen bases in all 162 games.
The Twins traded Young in August 2011 to the Detroit Tigers where he would be named the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 American League Championship Series after hitting .353 with two home runs and six RBI for the Tigers against the New York Yankees.
Friedman said they are comfortable with Young as a person and confident he can help them as a player. "There are no guarantees but we wouldn't be doing this if we didn't think he could play a role for us in September,'' he said. As for Young's maturity, Friedman said: "27-year-old Delmon is very different than 22-year-old Delmon. He's grown and matured as a person.''
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