Eddie A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have signed Delmon Young to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Young hit .260/.307/.407 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI over 103 games last season between the Phillies and Rays. The 28-year-old owns an underwhelming .705 OPS dating back to 2011.
The Orioles have been very quiet this offseason, so they still have questions between the DH spot and left field. Young has enjoyed success against left-handed pitching during his career, so he could carve out a place for himself on the Opening Day roster assuming no significant additions are made between now and spring training.
UPDATE: According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Young will receive a $1 million salary if he makes the Orioles and can earn an additional $750,000 with incentives.
The first truly big free agent signing of the offseason has gone down: the Chicago White Sox just announced that they have signed catcher Yasmani Grandal to a four-year, $73 million deal.
Grandal, 31, was the best catcher available in free agency. He is coming off a fine year with the Milwaukee Brewers, with whom he had to settle for a one-year pact in 2019. He hit .246/.380/.468 with 28 homers and 77 driven in. It was his fourth straight season with 20+ homers. While his catching has been criticized due to some high-profile mistakes in the postseason, the two-time All-Star once again proved himself to be one of the best pitch-framers in the game if not the best. Between the bat and the glove he has a claim to being one of the best all-around catchers in baseball.
The signing leaves open the question of what happens to James McCann, who was himself an All-Star this year. It’s not that hard a question, of course, as Grandal is a far superior catcher to McCann in every respect. The Sox could make McCann a backup. Alternatively, they could try to trade him to fill other holes on the roster.
The White Sox finished 72-89 in 2019 but are showing signs of coming out of rebuilding mode and into contention mode. This signing pushes them a big step into that direction.