Baltimore Orioles stick with familiar name, re-sign Delmon Young

Delmon Young - Image: Patrick Smith/Getty
Delmon Young – Image: Patrick Smith/Getty

Delmon Young re-signs with the Baltimore Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a one-year deal with outfielder Delmon Young worth $2.25 million. In 2014, Young hit .302 with seven home runs in 83 games for the Orioles in a part-time role. The deal is pending a physical (Kubatko, Dec. 24).

It seems as if Young’s been around forever, the reality is he’s only 29 years old. The Orioles have a need for outfielders, they lost Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz this winter. However, I wouldn’t expect Young to be a solution for Baltimore there, his strong point is with the bat against left-handed pitching. Young will most likely get the bulk of his playing time at the DH position.

It’s odd that the Orioles have been so quiet this winter, they’re a team clearly in need of another bat or two, preferably outfielders. It didn’t appear that Young was getting too much attention from other teams while on the market, so it makes sense he’d come back to the team he contributed to helping win their division.

Anthony Rushing


Atlanta Braves make another questionable signing

Jason Grilli while w/ the Anaheim Angels - Image: Jim Rogash/Getty
Jason Grilli while w/ the Angels – Image: Jim Rogash/Getty

Atlanta Braves sign Jason Grilli to two-year deal

The Atlanta Braves have signed setup man Jason Grilli to a two-year contract, the team announced on Tuesday. He’ll most likely replace Jordan Walden in the bullpen as the setup man for closer Craig Kimbrel (Rosenthal, Dec. 23)

Just what are the Atlanta Braves doing? That seems to be the question this winter around the baseball community. Atlanta dealt way Jason Heyward, the one-time face of the franchise, to the St. Louis Cardinals (ESPN, Nov. 17). They then parted ways with Justin Upton, and his 29 home runs in 2014, trading him to the San Diego Padres (Nightengale, Dec. 19). Atlanta did go out and sign outfielder Nick Markakis to a four-year deal, however that came with an array of concerns surrounding his age, health, and the length of years on the contract (Bleacher Report, Dec. 23).

Even an argument can be made about the Grilli signing. He had success with the Pittsburgh Pirates as their closer in 2013, making the All-Star team, with 33 saves. However, Grilli struggled after that, lost his closer’s job, and eventually was dealt to the Angels. At 38 years old, Grilli’s addition to the Braves almost seems counter-productive to what they’re trying to do.

The Braves are clearly in a rebuild mode that may take their fans some getting used to, especially with how they’re going about it.

Anthony Rushing