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The Twins gave Young up to the Tigers for nothing.
Delmon Young has now played in 729 big league games over the course of parts of six seasons, yet the extremely talented player has yet to play in an All-Star game. In fact, Young hasn't come close to living up to the hype he once received.
Young may have broken out in 2010 when he hit .298/.333/.493 with 21 homers and 112 runs batted in for the Minnesota Twins, but that's the highlight of his career to this point. So that meant coming into this year as a 25-year-old, Young was expected to have a major breakout.
Young really disappointed Twins fans as he hit only .266/.305/.357 with four homers and 32 runs batted in during 82 games. The year was so disappointing that in August the Tigers were able to acquire him for nothing via trade after he passed through waivers.
His power returned in Detroit where he hit eight homers in 40 games, but he still struggled to reach base as his on-base percentage was .298.
Young has struggled to reach base throughout his entire career. His career on-base mark stands at only .321, but it has been under .320 for three of his six seasons. He's a career .288/.321/.428 hitter with 71 homers and 408 runs batted in, which averages out to 16 homers and 91 runs batted in over the course of a full 162-game schedule.
Young does have more talent in his bat than any of us have seen at the Major League level, and he is yet to reach age 27—an age at which many players break out. Taking a chance on him could potentially pay off for the Braves, but it's a gamble where the odds just don't seem to be very good.