USATSI_7307197_154511044_lowresThe Rays announced today that they have signed Delmon Young, reuniting the team with the outfielder that spent the first two years of his career playing for the Devil Rays.

It is a minor league contract and Young will report to double-A Montgomery. According to Ken Rosenthal, Young chose Montgomery over triple-A Durham. Most likely, the trip to the minors is just a tune-up for a week or so.

In addition, Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com is reporting that the Rays have placed a claim on David DeJesus. At this point, the Cubs Nationals can either allow the Rays to have DeJesus for a nominal waiver fee, or they can pull DeJesus back from waivers and either keep him or work out a trade with the Rays.

Young was released by the Phillies last week after struggling in 80 games, 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).

DeJesus was traded from the Cubs to the Nationals after the Cubs placed him on waivers. The Nationals then turned around and placed DeJesus back on waivers. This may have been done in case the Nationals drop further out of the playoff hunt and they want to dump his salary.

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  1. OriginalTom says:

    I thought Dejesus was just traded to the Nationals?

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    • Cork Gaines says:

      Apologies, that should have said Nationals above. Yes, he was traded to the Nationals and then the Nationals put him on waivers again. The feeling is that they are kind of in between as far as making a playoff run. If they lose a couple of games they might want to dump DeJesus' salary.

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  2. Gus says:

    Delmon prefers the water temperature in the showers in Montgomery, I guess?

    Has the Durham manager changed since Delmon made a complete idiot of himself there? That might have something to do with it.

    I guess when a World Series is in sight, you forgive and forget the tantrums and the anti-semetic rants. Just kind of surprised the Rays went there with Delmon, who always seemed like an easy out when the Rays faced him the past couple of years. Being released has a way of sobering a man up (literally and figuratively). Maybe that is what it will take for DY.

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    • JV says:

      This seems out of character for the Rays - not quite as bad as the Sox picking up (after finally figuring out where he was) Joey Gathright while their season went down the tubes a few years back - but it doesn't feel like a confident move.

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    • Chris says:

      The Bulls manager that year was John Tamargo. It took me a while to realize that he was a big part of the problem in 2006 (his one and only year at AAA). And Young & Elijah Dukes were in the middle of things (to a much less extent was B.J.). Young has simply 'looked' out of shape for a long time. Sort of glad he's not coming to Durham.

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  3. Lane Meyer says:

    Delmon was likely sent to Montgomery so they don't overload the Bulls roster in the midst of a playoff run. They're probably just waiting until Sept roster expansion to call Delmon up and just needed a place to stash him.

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    • Sarah says:

      Montgomery is listed as his place of birth. Perhaps he still has strong family ties there and would rather have some home cooking than eat takeout every day.

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    • Chris D says:

      Honestly the Bulls could accommodate him right now. After clinching the South yesterday, there are 12 meaningless games (in the IL, matchups are per-determined).

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      • Lane Meyer says:

        But what are the roster restrictions at AAA? Would they have to drop or send down one of the players on their division winning team to accomodate him for 10 days?

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        • Chris D says:

          Yes...But you're talking about demoting Evan Frey or Kevin Kiermaier. You haven't heard of either of them, but they're the only actual OFers on the Bulls right now anyway.

          In any event, doesn't really matter other than it seems like maybe you'd want Young to hit AAA pitching rather than AA.

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          • Chris says:

            Oh, no! Not Kevin Kiermaier. He's the most fun to watch of any of the current Bulls. Much more fun than some blob scuffling his way back into the bigs. From other sources it appears he just doesn't want to get on the bus with the Bulls on the road so much at the end of the season.

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          • Dave R says:

            Dave R
            I don't want him in Durham; he'd screw up the team chemistry.

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  4. Sarah says:

    Young is quoted as saying he had other offers but really wanted to be back with Joe and the gang. Perhaps bouncing around the league has made him look for fondly on the "Rays way?" I don't quite see him participating in the themed road trips, but maybe the post-win dance parties will win him over.

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    • Gus says:

      http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/al/devilrays/2006-07-27-devil-rays-prospects-cover_x.htm

      Correction: It was Dukes who complained about the Durham showers. it was Young who complained about Andrew Friedman not calling BJ Upton up to the show. What an article. What a disaster this organization was not that long ago. But Young has nothing left I don't think.

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      • Sarah says:

        Gus, this clip is such a great find! I certainly remember reaction to the article, and how all three of them were branded as selfish whiners for the complaints and sense of entitlement. Reading it now, however, I see it differently -- a reporter caught a few 20 year olds on a bad day and encouraged them to vent. They hadn't yet learned that the only thing you say to reporters is "I just want to help them team."

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        • Cork Gaines says:

          Here is how I reacted to that article back in 2006. The local media completely overreacted...

          http://www.raysindex.com/2006/07/the-irresponsible-reporting-of-the-tampa-tribune-and-the-st-pete-times.html

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          • Gus says:

            What you see now is that despite their surface similarities as young african-american prospects, the 3 guys couldn't have been more different, but because they all happened to be teammates at Durham, they got lumped together. (I'm guility myself, as I pinned the "shower in Evian" line (an all-time great line that belongs in a movie script) on Delmon when it was Dukes).

            I think we now know Dukes was a pretty troubled and bad guy; to have him with 200 miles of Upton and Young (who were basically raised as suburban baseball prodigies playing travel ball from a very young age) was probably a huge mistake. Moreover, to the extent Young called out the organization and got Upton called up way before he was ready was probably the greatest disservice a teammate every gave Upton. He never became a complete hitter and got to the bigs very raw; he is a 100% guess hitter trying to make a living at the big-league level. Very hard to do.

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  5. Dave L says:

    Hope he leaves his glove in Montgomery. He wont need it here.

    Derek Shelton and his speed hitter will get Delmons bat into peak 2010 form.

    I didnt think they would do this based on chemistry but in Andrew I trust.

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  6. Kevin says:

    The rays front office really think they can win it all this year...and I agree. It is fun to see them really trying to improve within the orgs cost constraints and future considerations.

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  7. Beezy says:

    GO GET'EM RAYS!

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