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Tigers’ Young warrants extension: A fan’s take
When Detroit made the deal bringing Delmon Young to the Tigers, once again, it looked like a decent move by Dave Dombrowski to improve upon their lineup on their way to a strong playoff push.
It's no surprise that, once again, it turns out to be a stellar acquisition.
In 11 appearances for Detroit, Young has been responsible for 13 runs and a hefty .313 average on top of a massive upgrade in a struggling outfield platoon. He's having much the same impact Jhonny Peralta(notes) has had since his acquisition.
Next season, Young is arbitration eligible and is expected to earn upwards of $7+ million. History shows that Dave Dombrowski is not much of an arbitration fan. As such, and based on his eagerness to extend the contract of Jim Leyland, Dave Dombrowski would be silly not to offer a resolution before the end of the season. In doing so, he would solidify the Tigers' future in the outfield, consisting of the combination of Young, Austin Jackson(notes) and Brennan Boesch(notes).
At 25, he's still young enough to produce for several years. Sure, he has been condemned by some for his on-field and off-the-field antics. However, Detroit seems to be the perfect fit for a man who didn't really fit in with his previous squads. The team has accepted him into the fraternity, and, as shown by his offensive production, his confidence has grown since leaving Minnesota.
With Brandon Inge(notes) and Magglio Ordonez(notes) likely done in Detroit, and Jhonny Peralta sure to be extended, Young is the biggest question mark going into the 2012 campaign. Dombrowski would be well-served to nip this now and lock Young into a four-to-five-year deal. With his current success, age and potential factored into the mix, Young looks to pay future dividends for the Tigers for years to come. At the vary least, should Detroit run a successful trip into this season's playoffs and follow up with a similar season next year, he could make for an interesting piece of trade fodder, should his production slip.
Either way, Young is necessary for the near future and is a solid piece in the club's lineup that needs to be locked in.
The author, D. Benjamin Satkowiak, is a successful entrepreneur and personal trainer who continues a family legacy of Detroit Tigers' fans. A published author, he has tailored works on Tigers' baseball, Notre Dame football and various sports, health and fitness topics.
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