The Twins have traded Delmon Young to the Detroit Tigers for LHP Cole Nelson and a player to be named later. Outfielder Rene Tosoni will replace Young on the Twins roster. Weird part about this is that Delmon is currently on the early bus to Detroit with the Twins and will join the Tigers once they get to Detroit. Early reports are saying he will be in the lineup and hit 3rd for the Tigers tonight.
Young is a year removed from having a career year for the Twins. He hit .298/.333/.493 with 21 home runs and 121 RBI. He was without question one of the most important players on last year’s Twins team but has been a major disappointment this year. He is only hitting .266/.305/.357 with 4 home runs and 32 RBI. It appears the Twins grew frustrated with his inconsistency as they gave him away to a division rival for almost nothing. That says a lot.
Cole Nelson has been in high A ball for the Tigers this year and has a 4.87 ERA in 105.1 innings pitched. He has a 1.64 WHIP and a 7.4 SO/9 ratio. I don’t know much about him other than a quick glance at the stats.
I personally am glad to see Delmon gone. I would have liked the Twins to get more in return but I don’t think they would have been able to. Delmon’s injuries and poor production this season did not give the Twins any leverage. One nice thing about the deal, it will free up money for the Twins to resign both Michael Cuddyer and hopefully Jason Kubel this offseason. It will also allow Ben Revere to take over as the full time left fielder.
I am afraid he could come back to haunt the Twins with the Tigers and put up a season like he did last year but truthfully I don’t think it will be that big of a problem. Tampa fans worried about that too and look what happened. Delmon appears to have little work ethic and because of that I don’t see him ever reaching his full potential. Good luck Delmon, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.