Delmon Young raised a few eyebrows last week when he signed a minor league contract with the Rays and then chose to play for the double-A Montgomery Biscuits instead of the triple-A Durham Bulls.
Well, it turns out he picked Montgomery because they don’t have any remaining road trips, according to Stacy Long of the Montgomery Advertiser (that link includes a link to Young speaking with the media, but that video does not include Young’s comments on why he chose Montgomery).
Sure enough, a look at the Biscuits’ schedule shows that they had eight games remaining when Young reported, including five games at home and three games at nearby Birmingham. The Biscuits will be staying at home during the Birmingham series and driving to the park each day.
Meanwhile, the Bulls finish the season with six-game road trip over five days in two cities.
It is certainly an odd reason to pick a lower-level team to play for while tuning up for another run with the Rays. But I guess it makes sense.