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Delmon Young during his Twins days

Carlos Gonzalez, Dml - Star Tribune

Delmon joins Revere as ex-Twins in Phillies outfield

  • Article by: NEWS SERVICES
  • ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • January 23, 2013 - 3:57 PM

In just a few months, Delmon Young went from MVP of the American League Championship Series to a guy hoping for an opportunity.

Young got that chance Tuesday, signing a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies for $750,000 that includes performance bonuses.

The 27-year-old hit .267 with 27 doubles, 18 homers and 74 RBI for Detroit last season. He hit .313 with three homers and a team-high nine RBI during 13 playoff games and was MVP of the ALCS against the Yankees. The Tigers were swept by San Francisco in the World Series.

Young, traded to the Tigers in 2011 after 3 1/2 seasons with the Twins, made $6.75 million last year, but off-field issues cost him a lucrative deal. He was suspended seven days by Major League Baseball after an incident outside a New York City hotel last spring. Young later pleaded guilty to aggravated harassment for shouting an anti-Semitic slur and tackling a man to the ground.

Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is expecting Young to be the right fielder, a position he hasn't played since 2007. In December, Amaro acquired Ben Revere from the Twins to be his center fielder.

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• The Reds will play host to the 2015 All-Star Game, Cincinnati's first since 1988, a person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press. It will be their fifth All-Star Game and first at Great American Ball Park.

• The Red Sox are confident Mike Napoli can be their regular first baseman despite a hip condition that led to him signing a one-year contract instead of the three-year agreement that had been reached. The deal is for $5 million with bonuses that could take its value to $13 million.

• Closer Jason Motte and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a $12 million, two-year deal. Motte, 30, led the National League with 42 saves in 2012, when he was 4-5 with a 2.75 ERA.

• Milwaukee first baseman Corey Hart postponed his knee surgery scheduled for Tuesday to seek a second opinion.

• Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax, 77, will work for his old team, the Los Angeles Dodgers, as a special adviser.

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