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Rays sign Delmon Young to Minor League deal

08/22/2013 3:20 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Delmon Young played 80 games for the Phillies before being released.(AP)
The Tampa Bay Rays have signed outfielder Delmon Young to a Minor League contract and assigned him to Double-A Montgomery.

Young was released by Philadelphia last week after hitting .261 with eight home runs and 31 RBI in 80 games. The 2012 ALCS MVP with the Tigers, Young had signed a one-year, $750K contract full of incentives with the Phillies last winter and was just nine plate appearances shy of reaching 300, which would reportedly trigger a $150K roster bonus.

The 27-year-old was chosen No. 1 overall by the Rays in the 2003 Draft, and made his Major League debut with Tampa Bay in 2006. He finished second in the AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2007 after playing all 162 games and hitting .288 with 13 homers, 93 RBI, and 10 steals, but he was part of a six-player trade with Minnesota that winter that sent Jason Bartlett and Matt Garza to the Rays.

Young hit .287 with 47 homers in three-plus seasons with the Twins before being traded to Detroit in August 2011, and he capped off a strong 15 months in Motown by hitting .353 in that 2012 ALCS en route to MVP honors.

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