Blue Jays Sign David Dellucci

Ian HunterCorrespondent IJune 11, 2009
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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome Brad Wilkerson version 2.0.

Yesterday, the Blue Jays signed veteran outfielder David Dellucci to a minor league deal. Delucci was released by the Cleveland Indians on May 29th.
Although he’ll start off with the Las Vegas 51’s, it appears that Dellucci will make his way up to Toronto very quickly pending a complete offensive around from Joe Inglett.

Dellucci’s signing happened for a few reasons: one, Joe Inglett hasn’t been the offensive pop at the bottom of the lineup that the Blue Jays were hoping for. Inglett is 2 for 16 since being called up on May 22nd.
The second reason the Jays signed Dellucci is that Travis Snider has been suffering from a sore back down in Las Vegas (it’s those damn futons I bet). He’s been on the disabled list for the past few weeks, and apparently his back pain is so bad that Snider still can’t even swing a bat.

This move by the Blue Jays is reminiscent of last year’s signing of another slugger far removed from their best years in the majors, Brad Wilkerson. Dellucci’s career year (if you even want to call it that) was back in 2005 with the Rangers when he hit 29 HR’s and drove in 65 RBI’s.

The Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers to the punch on Dellucci, as they were also apparently interested in signing him to a minor league deal.
Among his career highlights, David won a World Series with the Diamondbacks in 2001, was voted “Man of the Year” in high school, and even dated Baywatch babe Geena Lee Nolin. Some of us might remember her as that bitch Neely on Baywatch who tried to frame Matt for sexual harassment.

Obviously, I have some issues and still haven’t forgiven her character for that.