Orioles executives vice president Dan Duquette said earlier this month that he would like to bring back free agent Delmon Young. Young’s agent, Joel Wolfe of Wasserman Media Group, told Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com today that the feeling is mutual:
Asked whether he had a sense when Young could decide, Wolfe replied, “I don’t know. We’re not there yet. There’s still a lot of ground to cover. Delmon’s got options, but obviously his preference is to come back to Baltimore.”
Wolfe met with the Orioles during last week’s Winter Meetings, but nothing appears to be imminent. At issue could be that Young is looking for a multi-year deal. The Orioles preferred a one-year deal at the start of the offseason, but Kubatko speculates that they could be willing to include an option. Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis signed elsewhere and there aren’t many attractive options left in free agency, so that might be a decent compromise for both sides.
Young, 29, batted .302 with seven home runs and .779 OPS (120 OPS+) over 255 plate appearances this past season.