The Rays have signed Delmon Young, whom the Phillies released on Aug. 14. (Brace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images)
The Tampa Bay Rays have signed outfielder Delmon Young to a minor-league deal, FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reported on Twitter. Young will report to the Rays' Double-A affiliate in Montgomery, Ala., Rosenthal reported.
The Phillies designated Young for assignment earlier this month. Young went unclaimed on waivers and was then released when he declined a demotion to the minors. Young hit .261 with eight home runs in 80 games this year.
The Rays selected Young with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 MLB Draft. He finished second in Rookie of the Year voting in 2007 when he hit .288. But Tampa Bay sent him to Minnesota that offseason in a deal for pitcher Matt Garza.
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That trade was less about any concerns over Young's talent than his penchant for immature behavior. In the minor leagues, he flipped his bat into the chest of an umpire and received a 50-game suspension. He also argued with manager Joe Madden late in his rookie season.
The return to familiar territory could help Young find his swing again. If he does, he could provide a lift for the Rays. Last season, with Detroit, Young won the ALCS MVP award after hitting .353 in the series against the Yankees. A similar hot stretch could help Tampa Bay, which is currently one game behind Boston for the AL East lead.