Bye-bye, Delmon Young.
The Phillies on Friday designated Young for assignment to make room on the 25-man roster for outfielder Casper Wells, who they claimed Thursday off waivers from the White Sox.
Young, who signed a one-year, incentive-laden contract with the Phillies this past offseason, hit .261 with a .302 on-base percentage and .397 slugging percentage in 80 games and 291 plate appearances. By cutting ties with him Friday, the Phils avoid paying Young the $150,000 bonus he was due after reaching 300 plate appearances.
In Wells, the Phillies add a 28-year-old with pop and the ability to play center field.
“We’ve actually been eye-balling Casper because of his versatility since spring training,” Phillies GM Ruben Amaro said on Thursday. “He adds to our outfield depth. He can play all three positions. He’s probably better out of the corners, but he can give us a little outfield depth that’s probably needed, especially defensively.”
Wells has hit .222 since 2011 with 21 homers in 500 at-bats. He’s bounced around baseball this season, playing for the Mariners, Blue Jays, Athletics, White Sox and now the Phillies.
By designating Young for assignment, the Phillies have 10 days to decide whether to trade him, release him or place him on waivers. If Young were to clear waivers, he could accept an assignment to the minor leagues, but that is highly unlikely. He could get a look with an American League team such as the Orioles, who have gotten next to no production from their designated hitters.
And here's tonight's lineup, featuring Mini-Mart getting his second straight start in center field:
1) Jimmy Rollins, SS
2) Michael Young, 1B
3) Chase Utley, 2B
4) Domonic Brown, LF
5) Darin Ruf, RF
6) Cody Asche, 3B
7) Carlos Ruiz, C
8) Michael Martinez, CF
9) John Lannan, P