Orioles sign Delmon Young to minor league contract

Orioles sign Delmon Young to minor league contract
January 13, 2014, 7:45 pm

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The Orioles have signed outfielder Delmon Young to a minor league contract with a spring training invitation.

Young, who is 28, is a lifetime .282 hitter in the major leagues. Last year, Young played 108 games with Philadelphia and Tampa Bay. He batted .260 with 11 home runs and 38 RBIs.

The right-handed hitter could help the Orioles as a designated hitter and has also spent a lot of time in left field.

Young’s best season came in 2010 when he hit .298 with 28 home runs and 112 RBIs for Minnesota. He also has played for Detroit.

He’s played in the postseason for the last five straight seasons: two with the Twins and Tigers and last season with the Rays.

The Orioles had two previous opportunities to sign Young. A year ago, he didn’t sign with Philadelphia until late January, and in August, he was released by the Phillies.

In 2012, Young made $6.75 million. Last year, he made just $750,000.