Delmon Young ended up being a pretty nifty signing for the Orioles. He kept his booty loose and ended up being a key member of the the 2014 A.L. East champs, hitting .302 with seven homers and 30 RBI in 242 at-bats.
But if this report from Roch Kubatko is accurate, he may not be back with the O’s:
The Orioles remain open to re-signing free-agent outfielder Delmon Young, who evolved into baseball’s best pinch-hitter this season. However, Young is looking for a two-year deal, which doesn’t figure to provide a match.
As Matthew wrote a month or so ago, Young is and can still be valuable as “a spare part, his low-maintenance swing always ready at a moment’s notice.” That means any team looking for a decent bench bat would do well to shoot Young a one-year deal. That is not the kind of guy you tend to give multi-year deals to.
Of course, we live in a world where Billy Butler got three years, so who the heck knows.
The Mariners announced on Tuesday that second baseman Dee Gordon has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a strained left quad. Infielder Tim Lopes was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and pitcher Parker Markel was designated for assignment.
Gordon, 31, apparently suffered the injury diving back into first base during Monday’s game against the Rangers. The speedster is batting .280/.306/.367 with 14 extra-base hits, 27 RBI, 26 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 284 plate appearances.
Lopes, 25, will provide infield depth for the Mariners while Gordon is on the mend. At Tacoma, Lopes hit .302/.362/.480 with 10 home runs, 60 RBI, 58 runs scored, and 24 stolen bases in 403 PA.
Gordon’s injury comes at a bad time for the Mariners with the July 31 trade deadline on the horizon. He is under contract for 2020 at $13.5 million and has a 2021 club option worth $14 million with a $1 million buyout. A contending team might have traded for Gordon. Now the Mariners will have to wait until the offseason to explore that possibility.