Still exploring all options for their 2013 outfield, the Phillies are seriously considering signing free agent Delmon Young, sources told CSNPhilly.com Phillies Insider Jim Salisbury.
In fact, general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. did not deny the Phillies' interest in Young, telling Salisbury, "We've kicked around a lot of stuff. He's among them."
Young, the first overall pick in the 2003 draft, hit .267 with 18 home runs and 74 RBIs last season for the American League-champion Tigers.
Over seven major league seasons, Young has hit .284 with a .317 on-base percentage and .425 slugging clip. His best season came in 2010 with the Twins, when he hit .298 with 21 homers and 112 RBIs.
He obviously comes with some baggage, though. He was suspended 50 games in 2006 while in the minor leagues for flinging his bat at an umpire after an ejection. Then, in late April 2012, he was accused of shouting an anti-Semitic slur outside a New York hotel. Young took responsibility for his actions, pleaded guilty to aggravated harrasment and was suspended seven games.
He bounced back to have a very solid offensive season with the Tigers in 2012, earning ALCS MVP honors for his performance in Detroit's sweep of the Yankees.
Young, considered a poor defensive outfielder, has spent most of his career in left field but last year played 118 of his 151 games as the Tigers' designated hitter. If the Phillies sign him to play one of the corner outfield spots, it would leave Domonic Brown, Darin Ruf, Laynce Nix and John Mayberry Jr. to compete for the bulk of the time at the other corner position.