Outfielder/designated hitter posted .302 average over 83 games in 2014
By Brittany Ghiroli
The Orioles have agreed to a one-year deal with outfielder/designated hitter Delmon Young, a source tells MLB.com, helping the club add the right-handed bat it needed. The club has not confirmed.
The agreement is still pending a physical, which will be done after the holidays. Young is slated to make a base salary of $2.25 million that could reach $3 million if he hits all of the deal's incentives.
Young, who originally had been looking for a two-year deal, was a big piece of the Orioles despite limited playing time. A non-roster invitee who made the Opening Day roster last spring, Young hit .302 with seven homers and 30 RBIs in 83 games.
Young's pinch-hit three-run double in the American League Division Series lifted Baltimore to a Game 2 win over the Tigers in its series sweep. It was one of many clutch hits for the 29-year-old last season.
Over a nine-year career with five clubs, Young is a .283 career hitter with 107 homers and 550 RBIs. He is the first free agent retained by Baltimore this offseason, and he could be the only one as the O's have already lost Nick Markakis, Andrew Miller and Nelson Cruz to other clubs.
Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette had wanted to add an outfielder and both a right-handed and left-handed bat. The club will continue to look for another outfielder to help cover for departures of Cruz and Markakis, but Young's signing should help add depth and give manager Buck Showalter a good option in the DH role.
The news was first reported Wednesday afternoon by MASN.