Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that Delmon Young is on the trading block.
If I were Omar I would absolutely get on the phone with the Twins to see what it would take to bring him to the Mets.
Young, a former 1st overall pick by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, has an ungodly ceiling and, most importantly for the Mets, is a righthanded corner outfielder with power.
|Career: Batting | Fielding|
While his big league numbers to date are only mildly impressive, it's clear that he has the potential to be a stud. He is only 23 years old (turns 24 in September), and has two+ full seasons under his belt at an age when most players are honing their skills in AA. The main issue with Young is walks--as in not enough of them. While he mostly likely will never be a high walk guy, I can see him upping his totals to the respectable range and bumping his OBP to .350-.360.
There is also his fielding--something of a bone of contention among analysts--is he a good fielder or a bad fielder? I will say he's good enough and then some.
He was second among all major league leftfielders in Range Factor in 2008. Moreover, he was second in Putouts and Assists as well. While I don't have the benefit of seeing him play more than a handful of times, anyone who is 2nd in all of baseball at their position in those three categories is getting the job done.
|Raul Ibanez, Sea||153||153||1340.0||316||302||9||5||1||.984||2.09||.000|
|Delmon Young, Min||151||147||1324.0||301||282||11||8||2||.973||1.99||.000|
|Adam Dunn, Cin/Ari||119||118||981.2||222||210||5||7||1||.968||1.97||.000|
|Ryan Braun, Mil||149||148||1310.1||284||275||9||0||0||1.000||1.95||.000|
|Fred Lewis, SF||112||101||906.2||195||178||11||6||1||.969||1.88||.000|
|Carlos Lee, Hou||110||110||915.1||192||187||4||1||0||.995||1.88||.000|
|Carlos Quentin, CWS||130||130||1147.0||240||228||5||7||2||.971||1.83||.000|
|Matt Holliday, Col||139||139||1229.1||252||240||9||3||3||.988||1.82||.000|
|Manny Ramirez, Bos/LA||119||119||974.0||200||190||7||3||2||.985||1.82||.000|
|Jason Bay, Bos/Pit||154||153||1345.2||266||254||8||4||0||.985||1.75||.000|
|Pat Burrell, Phi||155||154||1198.1||216||202||12||2||1||.991||1.61||.000|
The real question with Young is his head. Yes, he has had some problems, primarily with umpires (authority figures?)
Here is the infamous bat throwing video:
One thing is certain....if a team can pry Young away at a reasonable price (Say Nick Evans and Jon Niese for example), they are getting a player with 30-30 ability who can step into an every day lineup now and deliver.
Omar, make the call.