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Delmon Young is a postseason hero, but that doesn't mean the Phillies should go after the outfielder.
CSN Philly's Corey Seidman doesn't think the seven-year veteran would be a good fit in Philadelphia:
The Phillies are in the market for a corner outfielder this fall, but of the many choices available, Young probably does the least to improve their offensive deficiencies. He'd be another player who doesn't take pitches or walk. He doesn't provide enough power to make up for it. And there is really no reason to suspect that his defense would be any better than, say, Darin Ruf's.
Young has been the second-worst outfielder in baseball the last five seasons, according to Seidman, who noted only Raul Ibanez was worse.
In his first full season with the Detroit Tigers, Young batted .267 with 18 home runs and a .707 OPS. While Young has the ability to hit the long ball (his best season was in 2010 with the Twins when he hit 21) he struggles to get on base. He has a lifetime .317 OBP. With the Tigers last season, his OBP was a mere .296.
While Young isn't the most attractive free agent, Seidman noted Young might be one of the most clutch hitters in the postseason. In the last two years with the Tigers, Young has hit eight home runs in 22 games. He was named the 2012 American League ALCS MVP for batting .353 with two home runs and six RBIs.