USATSI_7271540_154511044_lowresTen years after the Rays made Delmon Young the top pick in the MLB Draft and six years after they traded him to the Twins, the much-maligned outfielder may be set to rejoin the franchise.

Young was released by the Phillies earlier this week and according to Marc Topkin, the Rays and Young have “mutual interest” in a reunion. Young cannot sign with any team until he clears release waivers on Saturday.

Young struggled in 80 games with the Phillies, hitting .261 with a .302 OBP (.307 wOBA) and eight home runs. He struck out in 23.7% of his plate appearances. His last decent season came in 2010 with the Twins when he hit .298 with a .333 OBP (.354 wOBA) and 21 home runs. That season he struck out in just 13.2% of his plate appearances.

It would seem that Young would fill the role of right-handed DH for the Rays. Against lefties this season (albeit in only 72 plate appearances), Young is hitting .286 with a .361 OBP (.337 wOBA).

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  1. Dre says:

    Please no.

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  2. Dave L says:

    His overall stats against lefties are slightly somewhat better than those of SRod..

    But then Sean's OPS+ against LH starters is 113 wheras Delmon's is only 79.

    That would be his only reason to be on the roster and our utility man is more clutch than Delmon against southpaws.

    Delmons platoon splits are not noticable but Sean's are stark. RHP kill him but he's decent against lefties.

    I will pass and im sure AF will too.

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  3. Lane Meyer says:

    He would likely go to Durham and be a September callup. He'd be a decent righty DH with some pop and pinch hitter but nothing more

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  4. bbmern says:

    I don't have a problem with him coming back. He might just be a huge welcomed surprise for us in our run to the big game. Hopefully, he stays away from the domestic problems that plagued him in the past. I agree with Lane.

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  5. TeeCee says:

    I can't imagine the Rays would consider doing this and I would be sick if they did. Delmon has the capability of singlehandedly ruining the morale of the team. I don't want to see him anywhere near our young players like Myers and DJ.

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  6. mp645 says:

    NO!

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  7. Sledge says:

    I like this move as strictly a September call up. He agrees to sit in Durham until Sept 1 then he give JoeMa an extra right handed bat as an option through the playoff push. Then, he's done. Barring a minor miracle in improved performance, no way he makes the playoff roster.

    As for his douchness, I agree with everyone on that point. But we are in a very different place than when he was here before. I guarantee he gets a talkin to before signing and understands clearly there is a zero tolerance for that here.

    This could be very good.

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  8. Zach says:

    Could it be another resurrected career for by the Rays?

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