When the Orioles designated Delmon Young for assignment last week they seemed to think finding a taker for him via trade was likely, but that apparently didn’t pan out and now they’ve released him.
Young is still just 29 years old despite seemingly being around forever, but he’s a terrible defensive corner outfielder and doesn’t hit enough to make up for it. This season he batted .270 with two homers and a .628 OPS in 52 games for the Orioles and Young has a combined .708 OPS in 513 games since what looked like a breakout season for the Twins in 2010.
The former No. 1 overall pick and one-time elite prospect will no doubt latch on somewhere, but realistically Young is best suited to be a platoon designated hitter and … well, that’s not really a role that carries much value.
Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is expected to miss two months following Wednesday’s gruesome-looking groin injury and MLB wasted no time naming his replacement for the All-Star game: Brett Gardner of the Yankees.
Gordon was voted in as a starter for the American League, whereas Gardner will begin the game on the bench and someone–Adam Jones of the Orioles, perhaps?–will slide into the AL’s starting lineup.
Gardner was among the five AL players involved in the “Final Vote” contest, but was not doing well in the voting early on. So now he gets to skip that step and become a first-time All-Star at age 31 after hitting .298 with nine homers, 15 steals, and an .856 OPS in 78 games for the Yankees.
Royals left fielder Alex Gordon was carted off the field Wednesday night with what looked like a severe groin injury and sure enough the news is bad: He’s been diagnosed with a “Grade 2-plus” strain and is expected to miss eight weeks.
That puts Gordon’s potential return date around mid-September, leaving little room to return this season if he suffers any setbacks and little room to make a big impact for the Royals even if he avoids further delays. He’ll also miss the All-Star game after being voted in as a starter for the American League.
It’s a big loss for Kansas City. Gordon is hitting .279 with 11 homers and a team-high .852 OPS and he also leads the otherwise free-swinging lineup with 39 walks. Beyond that, he’s among the best defensive outfielders in baseball and plays a big part in the Royals’ outstanding run prevention.
Jarrod Dyson can replace the great defense and will bring a lot more speed to the lineup than Gordon, but the Royals will miss his bat and patience at the plate.