Delmon Young agreed to 10 days of community service after he was charged with committing a hate crime outside the New York Hilton last April. Now comes word that his sentence has been served.
Young’s agent, Joel Wolfe, told FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that Young completed his community service in Manhattan during the month of January. Young’s tasks included “sweeping leaves” and “picking up trash” around different parts of the city.
Young, who shouted an anti-Semitic slur at a man and then pushed him to the ground while intoxicated, also paid a visit to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. The hate crime charge will be vacated at his next court hearing on May 13 as long as he doesn’t get into any legal trouble between now and then.
“The entire experience changed his life,” Wolfe told Rosenthal on Thursday evening.
Young signed a one-year, $750,000 free agent contract with the Phillies this offseason. He underwent ankle surgery in November and is not expected to join Philadelphia’s starting lineup until late April or May.
Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.
That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.
Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.