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.