Dodgers Deal Young

Pirates acquire Delwyn Young for two players to be named




The Deal

The Dodgers dealt outfielder Delwyn Young, who began the season on the disabled list and who also is out of options, to the Pirates for two players to be named or cash considerations.

UPDATE: The Pirates shipped 24-year-old Double-A righthanded reliever Eric Krebs to the Dodgers to complete the deal (May 22).

The Young Player
The Pirates made Krebs a 16th-round selection in the '05 draft after he completed two years at Alvin (Texas) CC. Coming out of college, he touched 93-94 mph while working out of the bullpen and mixed in a mid-80s cutter. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Krebs has yet to advance past Double-A in his four years of full-season ball, so he's not exactly on the fast track. In fact, he spent his first two seasons, '05 and '06, in short-season ball while attempting to convert into a starter. This season for Altoona, Krebs went 2-4, 4.86 in 10 appearances, compiling 15 strikeouts and 17 walks in 16 2/3 innings.
Quick Take
A 27-year-old switch-hitter, Young has seen only sporadic playing time in the big leagues during the past three seasons, which he's spent shuttling between Los Angeles and Triple-A Las Vegas. Drafted as a second baseman, he spends all of his time now playing the outfielder corners, though the Pirates have indicated that they may work him out with infield coach Perry Hill. Young, who was on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque while recovering from a right elbow impingement, features plus bat speed and an above-average feel for hitting. His power is mostly gap-to-gap. He batted .308/.358/.513 in 1,346 plate appearances at Triple-A, but that production comes with a hefty boost from Vegas' Cashman Field, a very friendly place to hit. Though he was a stronger lefthanded batter in the minors, Young has fared a bit better from the right side in his brief time in the majors, sporting a .781 OPS (65 PA) from that side, compared with .698 (119 PA) from the left. Twice drafted by the Braves, the Dodgers finally signed Young after taking him out of Santa Barbara (Calif.) CC in the fourth round of the 2002 draft.

The Pirates' outfield conglomeration leans to the left, so if Young's production versus lefthanders isn't a mirage, he could find himself in the mix for playing time in left or right field. Lefthanded batters Nyjer Morgan and Brandon Moss are currently regulars at those positions. Even if he doesn't work his way into the outfield rotation, he figures to be a suitable pinch-hitting option.

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