Former No. 1 draft pick Delmon Young signed a one-year, $750,000 free-agent contract with the Philadelphia Phillies after a season in which he helped the Detroit Tigers reach the World Series.
Young, 27, hit .267 with 18 home runs and 74 runs batted in over 151 games for the Tigers last season. Young was voted the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series and batted .313 with three homers and a team-leading nine RBI in 13 postseason games for Detroit, which lost to the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.
Young was suspended by Major League Baseball for seven games in May for yelling anti-Semitic obscenities during a drunken altercation at a New York hotel.
The Phillies’ outfield lost Juan Pierre this offseason after trading Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence in July. John Mayberry, Domonic Brown, Laynce Nix, Ben Revere and Darin Ruf are other outfielders on the Phillies’ roster.
“Delmon is an experienced major-league bat who will add some depth to our relatively inexperienced outfield and another layer of competition for playing time there as well,” Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement.
Young, the first pick in the 2003 first-year player draft, is a .284 career hitter with 89 homers and 482 RBI in 880 games for the Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins and Tigers. He received a 50-game minor-league suspension in 2006 for throwing a bat at an umpire following a called third strike.
The Phillies went 81-81 last season, when they traded Victorino and Pence after falling out of playoff contention. It was the first time in six years they missed the postseason.