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Phillies ink ALC MVP Delmon Young to one-year deal

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania -- Delmon Young, who overcame off-field issues to help power Detroit into last year's World Series, signed a one-year Major League Baseball deal with the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old outfielder was named the Most Valuable Player of last year's American League Championship Series, hitting .313 with three home runs and driving in nine runs as the Tigers swept the New York Yankees in four games.

The Tigers were then swept by the San Francisco Giants in the World Series.

Young, the top pick in Major League Baseball's 2003 Draft, brings the Phillies a much-sought power hitter who can handle an outfield role for a National League club.

Young has a .284 career batting average with 89 homers and 482 runs batted in over seven seasons with Tampa Bay, Minnesota and Detroit. Last season he hit .267 with 18 homers and 74 runs batted in for the Tigers last year.

“Delmon is an experienced major league bat who will add some depth to our relatively inexperienced outfield,” Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.

The Phillies will pay Young just US$750,000 with possible performance bonuses, a relatively small risk for a potential key player.

Young served a seven-game suspension last season after being arrested in New York for aggravated harassment, police saying he was intoxicated when he yelled anti-Semitic insults at four men.

Young was suspended twice in the minor leagues, for 50 games in 2006 for hurling a bat at an umpire and for three games the year before for bumping into an umpire.

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