Former #1 overall pick Delmon Young will be in Orioles camp come spring training.
According to a report by Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com, the Baltimore Orioles and Delmon Young have agreed on a minor league deal. Originally, the O’s had invited Young to a minicamp, but it was decided to forgo that route and offer a deal to the 2012 ALCS MVP.
The deal also carries an invitation to spring training.
All you have to do is look at Young’s career splits and see why the O’s made this move. He hits lefty pitchers rather well to the tune of a triple slash of .303/.341/.471 with 35 HR (of his career 100) and 150 RBI in 1148 plate appearances. No doubt that should Young make the team out of spring training, he will serve as a right-handed bat at DH. He could also spell in left field should O’s skipper Buck Showalter feel the need to permit him a glove.
That might be easier said than done. As Jeff Todd of MLB Trade Rumors notes, Baltimore has already added a few outfield options this winter with the likes of Quintin Berry (FA), Xavier Paul (FA), David Lough (trade), and Francisco Peguero (FA).