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My take on the Delmon Young trade

It's not often that we see an interdivisional trade this late in the season. But that's exactly what happened a few days ago when the Twins sent mercurial outfielder Delmon Young to the Tigers for a couple of Minor Leaguers. Young has long been seen as a guy with every tool in the bag, but with a lack of consistency in using those tools. His career has been a roller coaster, and the Tigers will be his third franchise in just five full seasons. Last season, his first in Minnesota, Young had finally seemed to figure it out, posting a .298/21/112 line and finishing in the top-10 in MVP voting. It was his best season since his rookie campaign in Tampa Bay, when he finished as the runner up for the AL Rookie of the Year. So far in 2011, he has seriously regressed.

The real question is this: will Delmon Young contribute enough in Detroit to make a significant impact in getting the Tigers to thepostseason? I'm not so sure. It seems to me that the Tigers have replaced Magglio Ordonez with a guy whose stats are eerily simmilar to…Magglio Ordonez. They both are struggling in the power department, with each recording fewer than five home runs to this point in the season. Neither has done very well driving in runs, though Young's 33 are at least a little better than Ordonez's 23. The only real benefit I can see is that Young would appear to be a defensive upgrade over Ordonez, though Magglio has split his time evenly between playing right field and suiting up as the DH. So why make this trade?

I don't understand it, though in reality, there isn't much risk. The Tigers didn't have to give up much to acquire Young, they take a shot on a guy who only last season had an MVP caliber year, and they get a guy who is still only 25 years old. And I suppose a bonus of the transaction is that, though the Twins did it willingly, it would seem that the Tigers have weakened a divisional opponent. It doesn't seem like the Twins will launch into one of their late season runs anyway, but it would be even harder now without Young.

Perhaps Young will rediscover his form in Motown and be a catalyst for pushing them into October. Or, perhaps, he'll continue to struggle and the Tigers will have him warming a spot on the bench for the next month and a half. Either way, the Tigers made a tiny risk that could have a big payoff. Occasionally, this kind of thing works out. Time will tell.

It's not often that we see an interdivisional trade this late in the season. But that's exactly what happened a few days ago when the Twins sent mercurial outfielder Delmon Young to the Tigers for a couple of Minor Leaguers. Young has long been seen as a guy with every tool in the bag, but with a lack of consistency in using those tools. His career has been a roller coaster, and the Tigers will be his third franchise in just five full seasons. Last season, his first in Minnesota, Young had finally seemed to figure it out, posting a .298/21/112 line and finishing in the top-10 in MVP voting. It was his best season since his rookie campaign in Tampa Bay, when he finished as the runner up for the AL Rookie of the Year. So far in 2011, he has seriously regressed.

The real question is this: will Delmon Young contribute enough in Detroit to make a significant impact in getting the Tigers to thepostseason? I'm not so sure. It seems to me that the Tigers have replaced Magglio Ordonez with a guy whose stats are eerily simmilar to…Magglio Ordonez. They both are struggling in the power department, with each recording fewer than five home runs to this point in the season. Neither has done very well driving in runs, though Young's 33 are at least a little better than Ordonez's 23. The only real benefit I can see is that Young would appear to be a defensive upgrade over Ordonez, though Magglio has split his time evenly between playing right field and suiting up as the DH. So why make this trade?

I don't understand it, though in reality, there isn't much risk. The Tigers didn't have to give up much to acquire Young, they take a shot on a guy who only last season had an MVP caliber year, and they get a guy who is still only 25 years old. And I suppose a bonus of the transaction is that, though the Twins did it willingly, it would seem that the Tigers have weakened a divisional opponent. It doesn't seem like the Twins will launch into one of their late season runs anyway, but it would be even harder now without Young.

Perhaps Young will rediscover his form in Motown and be a catalyst for pushing them into October. Or, perhaps, he'll continue to struggle and the Tigers will have him warming a spot on the bench for the next month and a half. Either way, the Tigers made a tiny risk that could have a big payoff. Occasionally, this kind of thing works out. Time will tell.