The 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.