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.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.