Delmon Young has dropped enough pounds to collect his $600,000 in weigh-in incentives, but his recovery from ankle surgery will keep him out of the Phillies’ lineup until at least mid-April.
General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. delivered that news to reporters today while also saying that Young will play exclusively right field once he does return. Young hasn’t played an inning in right field since 2007 with the Rays, which should add to his usual adventures defensively.
Of course, as Amaro told David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News: “He’s not a good left fielder, and he doesn’t want to play there.”
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported on Monday night that the Blue Jays have signed outfielder Curtis Granderson to a one-year, $5 million deal. The contract is pending a physical and includes performance incentives.
Granderson, who turns 37 years old in March, spent last season with the Mets and Dodgers, batting an aggregate .212/.323/.452 with 26 home runs and 64 RBI in 527 plate appearances. He struggled offensively after going to the Dodgers, mustering a paltry .654 OPS. He went 1-for-15 in the playoffs as well.
The Blue Jays will likely platoon Granderson in the corner outfield. His career OPS is 158 points higher versus right-handed pitchers than against left-handers.