The Tigers made a big deal on Monday, acquiring outfielder Delmon Young from division rival Minnesota. Young was the first overall pick in the 2003 MLB Draft and has flashed signs of stardom, like in 2010 when he had 112 RBI’s, 21 home runs and hit .298 on the season. But so far this season Young has struggled, hitting only .266 with four home runs and 32 RBI’s in 84 games with the Twins.
The Tigers were able to acquire Young without having to give up any vital pieces to the current roster, having to give up 10th-round pick in 2010, Cole Nelson and Lester Oliveros. Nelson is 5-11 with a 4.87 ERA in 26 appearances for Class A Lakeland this season, while Oliveros made his major league debut with Detroit this season, going eight innings in nine appearances and a 5.86 ERA. Oliveros has spent most of his time with Triple-A Toledo, going 1-3 with a 6.43 ERA and picking up five saves along the way.
One twist in the trade is how this move will affect Magglio Ordonez. Jim Leyland had Magglio in the lineup the day of the trade, but said that his primary outfield will be Young, Brennan Boesch, and Austin Jackson. Leyland said he would pick his spots to use Ordonez, but this looks like his time may be up wearing the olde English D. He might soon be designated for assignment, demoted to the minors, and it was speculated that he would be the one would be heading for the minors to make room on the 25 man roster. Detroit instead optioned 2B Will Rhymes to Toledo to make a spot for Young. Today when the Tigers take on the Twins it will be Jackson, Boesch and Young at the top of the Tigers order, which could be a staple for the Tigers if they choose to resign Young at the end of the season. Time will tell if Young will be back, but it looks like the door has closed on Magglio’s time here in Detroit.