Well, he’s gone! Fifteen days after the MLB Trade Deadline, the Twins have dealt away one of their outfielders. On August 15, the Twins traded outfielder Delmon Young to Detroit for minor-league pitcher Cole Nelson and a player to be named later. This was an unexpected move since just two weeks ago, the Twins front office declared they were still play-off contenders and wouldn’t be sellers.
Young, who came in a trade from Tampa Bay, spent three-and-a-half years in Minnesota. In his years with the Twins, Young batted .287 with 47 home runs and 273 RBIs. His best year was in 2010 when he hammered 21 into the stands and racked up 112 RBIs. But, Young looked like a little-leaguer in the field this year. He kept misplaying and fumbling the ball in the outfield. At times, he had trouble getting to the ball. Once this year, he injured himself in Milwaukee trying to catch a ball at the wall because he started running the wrong way. Young suffered a sprained ankle on that play, and was out for a few weeks.
Nelson, a left-hander, was in the Tigers minor-league system and had five wins with 87 strikeouts for Single-A Lakeland this year. He was selected in the tenth round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft by Detroit. The Twins will also get a second player from Detroit before October 15.
While I am happy to see Young go, I will miss his antics in left field. This move will make room for outfielders Ben Revere and Denard Span to be in the same line-up. Having Revere and Span in the outfield together will improve speed and skill in the outfield. They will get to balls faster than Young can.
By the way, Young is in Detroit’s line-up tonight against the Twins!
Written by: Michael L. Sack