Ten 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).