UPDATE: The Phillies signed Delmon Young

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UPDATE: It actually happened. Here’s our post.

10:52 AM: This is proof that God exists and wants me to be happy. From Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com:

Sources tell CSNPhilly.com that the Phils are seriously considering signing free-agent Delmon Young. Amaro, who typically keeps matters of free-agency close to his vest, did not deny that. “We’ve kicked around a lot of stuff,” he said. “He’s among them.”

Young hit .267/.296/.411 with 18 homers and 74 RBI in 574 at-bats last season, which simply does not cut it for a guy with close to zero defensive value.

As it stands right now, the Phillies outfield would be Darin Ruff, Ben Revere and Domonic Brown.  Frankly, I’d try my chances with those guys before giving any money to Young.  If they don’t work, there will likely be someone like him freely available — or close to freely available — after the season begins. Maybe even him.

The Red Sox are willing to deal Jackie Bradley Jr.

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today says that the Boston Red Sox are letting clubs know that Jackie Bradley, Jr. is available via trade.

Trading Bradley would be a knock to the Red Sox defense, but they are likely looking to add some offense and thus willing to make the tradeoff. Bradley is one of baseball’s top defensive center fielders and had a nice year at the plate in 2016, but last year his line fell to .245/.323/.402 with 17 homers and 63 RBI.

If Bradley is moved, the Red Sox could slide Andrew Benintendi to center field and plug a more potent bat in left.