Delmon Young's stint in Baltimore might be coming to an end. The Orioles announced they designated Young for assignment on Wednesday night, and according to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com, Baltimore is confident it can trade the veteran outfielder over the next few days.
Kubatko was also told by Orioles General Manager Dan Duquette a deal is not expected to get done today but will likely happen rather quickly.
Young, 29, signed a one-year, $2.25 million contract to stay with the Orioles last offseason. He posted a .270/.289/.339 batting line to complement two home runs and 16 RBIs through 52 games. Young has proven to be a versatile outfield piece however he might exclusively be looked at as a corner outfielder because of his limited range. He received spot starts with Baltimore last season and had success, batting .302/.337/.442 in 83 games.
Regardless of if he is dealt, Young is still due $1.19 million through the end of the season and would earn $125,000 in incentives for reaching 250 and 300 plate appearances. An additional $100,000 would also be provided for every additional 50 plate appearances after that for up to 600 at-bats.
Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun initially reported the Orioles have been attempting to deal Young and have been evaluating potential returns in a deal over the past few weeks. Connolly adds there is definitely one National League club interested, and although the team was not made clear, both the Pirates and Giants could make sense for Young. San Francisco lost both Hunter Pence and Nori Aoki and Gregory Blanco has struggled against left-handed pitchers for the Pirates.
Tyler Wilson was promoted in the corresponding roster move. Wilson, 25, has tossed 17.0 innings with Baltimore this season and has posted a 2.12 ERA and 3.32 FIP over that span.