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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins and Rays are close to a multi-player deal that would send pitcher Matt Garza, shortstop Jason Bartlett and right-hander Juan Rincon to Tampa Bay in exchange for outfielder Delmon Young and two other players, sources confirmed to on Wednesday afternoon.
Young, 22, is considered to be one of the up-and-coming hitters currently in the game. A former first-round pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, Young finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting this season. He played in all 162 games for the Rays in 2007, hitting .288 with 13 home runs and 93 RBIs.

Along with Young, the Twins would receive shortstop Brendan Harris and outfielder Jason Pridie in the deal. Harris, 27, hit .286 with 12 homers and 59 RBIs and would be expected to be a candidate to take over Bartlett's spot at shortstop. Pridie, who can play center field, was a Rule 5 Draft pick of the Twins in December 2005 and spent the following Spring Training with the club.

A first-round draft pick by the Twins in 2005, Garza was 5-7 with a 3.69 ERA in 15 starts for Minnesota in 2007. The 24-year-old right-hander has an 8-13 career record with a 4.47 ERA in 26 appearances (24 starts) over the last two seasons.

This would be the first big trade for new Twins general manager Bill Smith, but it's far from the only deal that Smith might be making in the coming weeks. It's expected to be a busy offseason for the rookie GM, who with the Winter Meetings slated to start Monday, is talking to other teams about ace Johan Santana. There have also been rumors closer Joe Nathan could
Delmon Young
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Delmon Young

Tampa Bay Rays ― No. 26
Right fielder
Born: September 14, 1985 (1985-09-14) (age 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Major League Baseball debut
August 29, 2006 for the Tampa Bay Rays
Selected MLB statistics
(through October 2, 2007)
Batting average .293
Home runs 16
RBI 103
Tampa Bay Rays (2006-present)

Delmon Damarcus Young, (born September 14, 1985 in Montgomery, Alabama), the younger brother of Dmitri Young,is an outfielder on the Tampa Bay Rays and was, arguably, the top hitting prospect in baseball as of the end of the 2005 minor-league baseball season. In 84 games with Double-A Montgomery, Young hit .336 with 20 home runs, 71 runs batted in and an OPS of .986 in 2005, winning the Southern League MVP despite playing barely more than half the season. Young was promoted to Class AAA Durham on July 15, 2005, where he batted .285 with six home runs and 28 RBI in 52 games. After the season was over, Delmon was named Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year, not to mention, its #1 overall prospect for the 2006 season. Delmon finished his minor league career with an impressive .317 batting average.

When Young was made the first overall pick in the 2003 MLB draft, he and his brother became the first siblings to be picked within the top five choices (Dmitri was drafted fourth overall in 1991 by St. Louis). In 2005 however, their record as the top drafted siblings was broken when Justin Upton was drafted first overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks after B.J. Upton was taken second by the Devil Rays in 2003.

Young graduated from Adolfo Camarillo High School in 2003, located in Camarillo, CA.

1 2006 season
2 2007 season
2.1 Trade Rumors
3 Scouting report
4 See also
5 References
6 External links

[edit] 2006 season
On April 26, 2006, while playing for the Durham Bulls (AAA - Tampa Bay) in a game against the Pawtucket Red Sox, Young threw his bat at the umpire after being called out on strikes. He stared at the umpire for some time and refused to leave the batter's box. He finally did, but then started to return to his dugout and the center field camera caught him throwing his bat underhand, end-over-end, toward the umpire. It hit him on his chest and arm but he was not hurt.[1]

The next day, Young issued an apology through his agent, claiming that he had not intended for the bat to actually strike the umpire, but acknowledging that it was unacceptable to have thrown the bat at all. The International League (AAA) initially suspended Young indefinitely, then announced on May 9, 2006 he would be suspended for 50 games, without pay, retroactive to the day of the incident. Young had the option to appeal the suspension, but chose not to do so. The suspension ended on June 19, 2006.[2]

This altercation was not the first he had had with an umpire during a game. In 2005, while playing for the Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (Tampa Bay), Young received a three-game suspension for bumping an umpire.[3]

On August 28, 2006, the Devil Rays called Young up[4] after it was decided that Jonny Gomes had to undergo season-ending surgery. Thirty-one games remained of the 2006 Devil Rays season when he was promoted. His first game at the major league level was against the Chicago White Sox and occurred on August 29, 2006, ten years to the day after his older brother Dmitri played in his first major league game[5]. In Delmon's first major league plate appearance, White Sox pitcher Freddy Garcia hit Young with a first-pitch fastball. After striking out in his second at-bat, Young stroked a curveball for a 412-foot two-run home run, which was his first major league hit[6].

[edit] 2007 season
Young was a unanimous selection to the 2007 Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team. The selection was the result of the 49th annual Topps balloting of Major League managers.[7]

[edit] Trade Rumors

The Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays are close to a multi-player deal that would send former No. 1 overall pick Delmon Young and two others to Minnesota in exchange for pitcher Matt Garza, shortstop Jason Bartlett and right-hander Juan Rincon, has confirmed.

The deal, first reported by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, would give the Twins a major offensive replacement for Torii Hunter, who signed a five-year, $90-million free-agent contract with the Angels last Wednesday. In addition to Young, the Twins would receive shortstop Brendan Harris and outfielder Jason Pridie. Harris would be a candidate to take over for Bartlett at shortstop, while Pridie could take over for Hunter in center.

The Twins have also been in talks with the Red Sox about Coco Crisp.

As a rookie last season, Young started all 162 games for the Rays, hitting .288 with 13 home runs, 93 RBIs and 10 steals. He finished second to Ichiro Suzuki in the American League with 645 at-bats.

Young, 22, was Tampa Bay's top choice in the 2003 amateur draft, and named Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year in 2005.

Garza, 24, the Twins' first pick in the 2005 draft (25th overall) is 8-13 with a 4.47 ERA in 26 games pitched (24 starts) between 2006 and 2007. In 83 innings in 2007, he compiled a 3.69 ERA for Minnesota.

Bartlett, 28, played in a career-high 140 games for the Twins in 2007, batting .265 with five home runs, 43 RBIs, 75 runs scored and 23 steals.

Even though Rays shortstop Reid Brignac is likely to open the season at Class AAA, the team preferred to acquire a player with low service time at short rather than sign a free agent such as Cesar Izturis.

[edit] Scouting report
Despite having little major league experience, Young has already received a reputation around baseball for his strong and accurate throwing arm in right field[8]. As of May 28th of the 2007 baseball season, Delmon already has seven outfield assists, five of which have resulted in double plays. Don Zimmer, now a consultant with the Rays, has compared Young's arm to that of Jesse Barfield or Raul Mondesi. Beyond his incredible arm in right, Young also takes excellent routes to balls, and his speed allows him to track down balls with relative ease.

In terms of hitting ability, at 6'3", 205 pounds, Delmon presents an intimidating and strong plate prescence, and his hitting ability has often been compared to that of Albert Belle[9][10][11]. He has a line drive swing with a slight uppercut that can produce long home runs and bullet line drives. His bat gets through the zone incredibly quickly, and he is expected to produce many .300 plus seasons[citation needed].


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