According to the New York Post a “highly intoxicated” Delmon Young was arrested and charged with assault late last night/early this morning while in New York to play the Yankees.
After reading Craig Calcaterra’s post about the incident one reader tipped me off to the fact that the arrest comes on the six-year anniversary of Young being suspended indefinitely by the International League for throwing his bat at an umpire in a Triple-A game.
That incident occurred on April 26, 2006 and the indefinite suspension followed on April 27, 2006, eventually becoming a 50-game suspension. I’ll assume that Young wasn’t “highly intoxicated” because he was doing some sort of six-year anniversary celebration, but either way he might want to cancel all April 26/27 plans in the future.
Robert Murray and MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported earlier, respectively, that the Phillies signed pitcher Francisco Liriano and infielder Neil Walker to minor league contracts. If he makes the major league roster, Liriano will earn a salary of $1.5 million with an additional $1.25 million available through performance incentives. Walker’s contract information is not yet known.
Liriano, 36, struggled from 2016-18 but enjoyed a productive year out of the bullpen for the Pirates this past season. He posted a 3.47 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 35 walks over 70 innings. The lefty was quite effective against same-handed batters, limiting fellow lefties to a .659 OPS. That would figure to be a key component if Liriano makes the Phillies’ Opening Day roster.
Walker, 34, hit .261/.344/.395 with eight home runs and 38 RBI over 381 plate appearances with the Marlins last year. The veteran is versastile, having played first, second, and third base along with both corner outfield spots in recent seasons. Despite Walker’s versatility, it is tough to see room on the Phillies’ roster for him, barring injuries to other players. It never hurts to have depth.