Phillies Release Delmon Young

AUG. 14: The Phillies announced that Young refused an outright assignment to Triple-A and has officially been released.

AUG. 9: The Phillies announced that they have designated Delmon Young for assignment in order to clear a roster spot for Casper Wells, who was claimed off waivers from the White Sox this week.

Young, 27, is hitting .260/.301/.397 in 291 plate appearances for the Phillies this season after signing a small, one-year $750K contract this offseason. That contract contained plenty of performance bonuses, and Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer points out (on Twitter) that Young was just nine plate appearances from earning another $150K — less than the amount they'll owe Wells for the remainder of the season. Young hit lefties reasonably well (.286/.361/.397) but ranked 22nd out of 23 right fielders with at least 500 innings in UZR/150 (-20).

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