The Phillies and outfielder Delmon Young have reached an agreement on a one-year, $0.75-million contract. Young will likely step in to become the everyday left fielder, in a lineup that has a number of outfield candidates, but is short on experienced candidates for starting jobs.
Young had served primarily as a designated hitter for Detroit last season, playing 118 games as a DH and left field in 31 games.
In 2012, Young hit 18 home runs and hit .267 for the Tigers, but went on to have a torrid post-season run, hitting .353 in the ALCS against the Yankees and .357 in the World Series against the San Francisco Giants.
Last season also saw Young draw his second suspension of his career, as well. Last April, he was charged with aggravated harassment after being found intoxicated and yelling anti-Semitic slurs outside of the Tigers hotel in New York City. He pled guilty to the charge and received counseling, in addition to being suspended by Major League Baseball for seven games.
Young was suspended for 50 games in 2006 after flinging a bat at an umpire in a minor league game.
In his career, Young has played in 880 major league games with Tampa Bay, Minnesota and Detroit and has a career batting line of 89-482-.284/.317/.425 over all or part of seven major league seasons.