Dmitri Young worked out for the Pirates, but they didn’t make him an offer

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Dmitri Young shed a ton of weight as he tries to make a comeback at age 38, but he’s having trouble finding a team interested in signing him after last playing in the majors back in 2008.

Young worked out for the Pirates yesterday and Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that “they were impressed by the slimmed-down first baseman,” but ultimately they decided not to make him a contract offer.

Last month Young worked out for the Phillies and also failed to receive an offer, so he might be running out of possible opportunities with spring training about to begin.

Young was generally said to be well-liked and never ceased being a productive hitter even when his health failed him, so you’d think some team would give him a chance to be Triple-A depth when there’s no risk involved. For now Young told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com that he’ll “keep practicing and being ready.”

Jackie Bradley, Jr. named ALCS MVP

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Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series after his club punched its ticket to the World Series on Thursday night against the Astros.

Coincidentally, the Astros’ Game 5 starter Justin Verlander was ALCS MVP last year en route to a championship.

Bradley went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday’s Game 5, but he hit a three-run double in Game 2, a grand slam in Game 3, and a go-ahead two-run home run in Game 4. That’s nine RBI and three extra-base hits across five games. He also drew four walks.

Though Bradley had a solid regular season, he was not near the top of the list most people would’ve expected to win ALCS MVP heading into the series. During the season, he hit .234/.314/.403 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases in 535 plate appearances.