Delmon Young: Fourth Outfielder?

3 Dec

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Ron Gardenhire, Dave St. Peter and John Gordon were in Fargo today at an agriculture show. It is something that the Twins participate in annually which is very nice. Mike McFeely from the Fargo Forum went and got some really interesting nuggets from Ron Gardenhire. He would like to see Casey Blake with the Twins. He likes Nick Punto and would love to have him back. Usual stuff.


But in my mind, the most interesting news was that he feels that his starting outfield in 2009 would be Denard Span, Carlos Gomez and Michael Cuddyer. No Delmon Young, huh? Here is a quote, “Those three guys need to play every day. Delmon is in the mix. He’s a hell of a player, a hell of a talent. But to me, those three guys should be your outfield and then you go from there.


I know that we all expected him to hit higher than .290. I think we all expected him to have more than ten homers and more than 69 RBI. But he didn’t turn 23 until late in the season. He does have incredible talent and power. That much is clear. Will it ever fully come to fruition? Who knows? But again, at 23, I think I’d take my chances.


I have been 100% against the Twins trading Delmon Young in the offseason unless overwhelmed. But based on the comments of the Twins manager, if he’s really not going to play, and he’s just going to be a fourth OF, they might as well see what they can get. I can’t imagine the Twins front office being terribly happy with Gardy making such comments since there are so many rumors to the Twins having Young available. I think they would want to be bragging him up in an attempt to make his perceived value higher.


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9 Responses to “Delmon Young: Fourth Outfielder?”

  1. Bill December 3, 2008 at 10:54 pm #

    If he really feels that way, then somebody has to be traded (preferably Cuddyer, but if you can get fair value for Young, so be it). You don’t sit a 23 year old former #1 prospect unless he can’t even hold his own out there. Especially not when your other options are those three guys. That’s asinine (but pretty typical Gardy).

  2. John December 4, 2008 at 12:20 am #

    Young has never hit for power above AA ball. He pounds the ball into the ground like a slap hitter, struggles to pull fastballs (or simply doesn’t want to), has no plate discipline, is a bad outfielder, and often plays without the necessary degree of focus. Many press reports have claimed or suggested that he is reluctant to listen to his coaches.

    Even if he does break out eventually, it will probably be years from now and the Twins would be better off if they could get something solid for him via trade.

  3. Dennis December 4, 2008 at 6:06 am #

    Not a bad quote if your true intentions are to move Cuddyer. I liked Cuddyer and had allot of hope for him but my felling is he has not developed into what we hoped he would be. Young still can. I don’t care for his defensive abilities but I think he will improve over time and his prospective offensive abilities are much higher than Cuddyer’s will be. Both have a great arm, Delmon just needs time to learn how to use his.

  4. Bill in Sarasota December 4, 2008 at 8:53 am #

    Gardy only had to say he has four deserving starting outfielders. If he truly believes Young is the odd man out, Gardy just lowered his trade value.

  5. TT December 4, 2008 at 10:55 am #

    I don’t think other teams’ GM’s much care how Gardy is going to play Young. They are concerned about how he will contribute to their team. I don’t think Young is going anywhere unless they get similar value in return.

    I also don’t think there is any real surprise in this comment about where things stand going into spring training. The choice is not really between Cuddyer and Young but between Gomez and Young. Span is the team’s leadoff hitter and Cuddyer is the only established player of the bunch.

  6. Doofus December 4, 2008 at 11:57 am #

    Its also not a bad quote if your intention is to light a fire under Delmon Youngs Arse. Next Spring he’ll come to camp with something to prove.

  7. mike wants wins December 4, 2008 at 2:12 pm #

    Holy cow, the STrib commentary on this is almost unreadable, and is certainly comical. Some of the statements about Young and Kubel just crack me up. And the bizarro trade proposals, it’s good for a laugh.

  8. Rosterman December 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm #

    Well, problem solved. Let’s move Cuddyer to third base, until the “next” hot rookies actually makes the team. Keep Young, at least for another season, before he goes to arbitration and becomes real expensive.

    Interesting that Baseball America painted a picture of the Twins outfield being Aaron Hicks, Delmon Young and Ben revere in 2012 (as well as the starting five being the current starting five). Four years from now, I would see Angel Morales, Joe Benson or even Chris Parmelee being in that outfield mix, and I doubt that Nick Balckburn, Scott Baker, Glen Perkins will be around in 2012…there’s just too many prospects in the system for the Twins to go arbitration or long-term with any of their current five except Liriano (if he pitches dynamite in 2009) and Slowey, who I picture as the next Radke (not Baker).

    Chris Gomez is exciting. Be interesting to see if he is anything but an average outfielder (.260-.270, 10 homers, 30-35 stolen bases).

  9. Nils December 4, 2008 at 6:59 pm #

    I personally believe we should keep him, just to give him a chance. But, Hardball Times doesn’t think that Young can breakout:

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