Dmitri Young hasn’t played in a major league game since the 2008 season, but he recently dropped 70 pounds and is now working the lobby at the Winter Meetings with the hope of getting another shot.
And he might have actually found a suitor.
According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds will “consider taking a flier” on Young.
Reds GM Walt Jocketty hasn’t connected yet with Young or his agent, but a meeting could take place before the baseball world departs Dallas, Texas.
In his last big league season (2008), Young posted a respectable .280/.394/.400 batting line in 180 plate appearances for the Nationals. The year before (’07), he hit .320/.378/.491 in 508 plate appearances. Maybe there’s something left, and perhaps he could serve as a reserve outfielder with his newly-trimmed physique.
The Rays have traded right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, per team announcements on Saturday evening. The Twins will receive minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the deal. Despite previous speculation, recently-DFA’d outfielder Corey Dickerson was not included in the trade.
With Odorizzi, the Twins finally have the front-end starter they’ve been seeking all winter. It’s a bargain deal as well, as the 27-year-old righty is under contract through 2019 and didn’t require the club to part with any of their top-shelf prospects in the trade. Odorizzi will be looking to stage a comeback in 2018 after a dismal performance with the Rays last year, during which he eked out a career-worst 4.14 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 through 143 1/3 innings.
Palacios, 21, ranked no. 27 in the Twins’ system last season. He split his year between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, raking a combined .296/.333/.454 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances. He’s expected to continue developing at shortstop, though he’s also seen limited time at second and third base during his four-year career in the minors.