The Detroit Tigers, seeking some breathing room from the 2nd-place Indians and the surging White Sox, acquired OF Delmon Young from the Twins today. Going to Minnesota are lefty farmhand Cole Nelson and a player to be named.
With the Twins and Tigers playing each other in Detroit, it made for an odd circumstance when Young got off of the Twins bus and then entered the Tigers’ clubhouse.
More odd is that the trade was within the division. Despite the fact that the Twins entered the day 15 games under .500 and well back of the 1st-place Tigers, Ron Gardenhire has had a history of guiding them to the post-season. With injuries to Joe Mauer and Jason Morneau marring this season, it still doesn’t feel like this Twins club is that far away from contention in the future such that they would deal a potent bat to a division rival.
Young batted in the third spot for Detroit and promptly belted his fifth homerun of the year to get his new club out to a 1-0 lead. This excitement would soon be upstaged, however, as Jim Thome belted two homers, numbers 599 and 600, to lift the Twins to a 9-6 win.
At age 25, Young is on a one-year/$5.375 million contract. The Twins stand to save $1.3 with this move. The Tigers made room on the roster by optioning 2B Will Rhymes to Triple-A Toledo.