Baltimore Orioles re-sign Delmon Young: Good move


Earlier today, the Baltimore Orioles announced that they have re-signed veteran outfielder Delmon Young, who came through for them in the clutch on a number of occasions last year. The deal was originally reported by Roch Kubatko of MASN.

The deal is worth $2.25 million and can reach up to $3 million. That deal, in my humble opinion, is an absolute bargain. Though Delmon Young came off the bench in several games for Baltimore, he started a bunch as well in the second half of the season. And when he did come off the bench, he came through with huge pinch-hits.

He played in 83 games, and totaled 242 at bats, which is equivalent to a player that starts for about half the season. He hit seven home runs, 30 RBIs and maintained an average of .302. Though those look like solid numbers and not great numbers, all seven of his home runs came in clutch situations where the Orioles needed a hit the most.

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He has always had a knack for coming through in the clutch. Previously with Detroit and Tampa Bay, he contributed greatly to their playoff runs. He was also a huge part in the Orioles 2014 playoff run to the American League Championship Series. With the Orioles down by two runs in Game 2 of the American League Divisional Series against the Detroit Tigers, he hit a huge base-clearing double, and propelled the Orioles to a sweep over the mighty Tigers.

Although he gives off the impression of being this old player that has been around for a very long time, that is the furthest thing from the truth. Believe it or not, Delmon Young is only 29 years old, and he just turned 29 two months ago. 29 might be the best age of ones lifetime. In life, the age 29 is considered your prime. People always make the joke saying to elders “you don’t look a day over 29.”

Well in baseball, the same applies. 29 is when you are right in the middle of your prime. With that being said, Young has plenty of good baseball left in him. He has been around for a while, nine years to be exact, but he is currently at the perfect age.

Obviously the Orioles were the only team smart enough to realize that. Good job grabbing this guy Dan, and keep it up!