Twins/Young Avoid Arbitration

15 Feb

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According to a status update on Delmon Young’s Facebook page, he and the Twins reached an agreement tonight to avoid arbitration. Details are unknown at this time. Young had asked for $6.25 million, and the Twins countered with an offer of $4.65 million. The midpoint is $5.45 million. No matter the number, he will receive a significant raise from the $2.6 million he made in 2010.

Young posted on his Facebook page, “Avoided Arbitration…Now looking for the spring training and defending the AL Central for a 3rd year in a row.”

I concur!

UPDATE – 7:30 a.m. – LaVelle E. Neal confirmed the Twins and Delmon Young avoided arbitration. He also noted that they agreed on a $5.375 million deal for 2011. I can’t help but assume there’ll be some incentives that could b ring it to the mid-point. (he is $75,000 shy)


13 Responses to “Twins/Young Avoid Arbitration”

  1. JA February 15, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    Glad he’s signed. I wish the news was for a three year deal with an option. Here’s hoping Delmon takes another big step forward.

  2. Oldgoat_MN February 16, 2011 at 12:35 am #

    This is good. He is always one of the first position players to Spring Training. I had wondered if his agent would recommend he stay away until all was settled.
    Looking for a big year from Delmon!

  3. Michael Busch February 16, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    Agree with JA. Another strong season will give a better idea of the arc of his career, whether Twins should invest in him, a la Span, Baker, Blackburn, et. al. I Twittered: we’ve had too many guys in Twins history, like Todd Walker, etc., who bottomed out after modest success-should proceed with caution.

  4. AW February 16, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    Glad to see that he fell in line with the other players, and the organization, that really seem to try to avoid arbitration.

  5. mike wants wins February 16, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    big year for Delmon. His RBI numbers are inflated due to having one of the largest numbers of baserunners on in front of him in all of baseball. I’m hoping he produces and shows he’s worth the hype and the money. It would be great to see continued improvement in the field. The effect of his defense on the outcomes produced by the pitchers is understated by most. Let’s hope he’s so good that the Twins are forced to make a difficult money decision.

    • Kunza February 16, 2011 at 11:19 am #

      RBI numbers are inflated? Well doesn’t that mean he is doing his job by driving in runs?

      • mike wants wins February 17, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

        RBI are contextual. If someone comes up 500 times with a runner on 3rd and 1 out, and hits 150 fly balls, and strikes out 350 times, and someone comes up 200 times with a runner on 3rd and 1 out and hits 100 singles, which one would you want to have the following year on your team? RBI are more of a team measure than an individual meaure.

    • gobbledy February 16, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

      like to see your numbers on the runners on base. by baseball ref #’s young drove in 25% of the baserunners (456), morneau 22% (251), mauer(377)and kubel(459)20% and cuddy 16% (501).

      • mike wants wins February 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

        You know what, I took someone’s word for it. I’ll check out the site….thanks.

  6. dave February 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    Everyone, of course, is nervous that Young will have a relapse, blowing up to the size of the Metrodome. But it’s a chance worth taking; we are desperately short on right-handed power. I wish it could’ve been for at least three years.

    • Kopy February 17, 2011 at 10:34 am #

      This can’t be said anymore. The Metrodome, like Delmon. Lost a lot of weight recently 😀

  7. Scruffy Rube February 16, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    This is a win-win-win for Delmon, the Twins and fans of every stripe.

    Delmon gets another chance to prove he’s worth big bucks in advance of his final arbitration year. Twins get a left fielder who (when motivated) can do some great things in the line up where we need it. Fans get to cheer him for a few at bats and jeer him after every whiff or missed fly ball.

    I’ll be wearing my #21 with pride…even if fans nearby me are looking at it with loathing.

  8. scot February 18, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    I think Delmon will continue to improve and earn a long tem deal with the Twins.

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