Do the Rays need a hitter in the worst possible way?
And if so, are they open to giving a third strike to outfielder Delmon Young?
Young, the No. 1 overall pick by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2003, was released by the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday, marking another pothole in what has been a rough road for the outfielder. He does not play the outfield well enough to be an everyday player, and he has not hit well enough to make up for it.
Early in his career, Young looked as if he would be a big-time hitter, hitting .317 as a rookie and .288 in his second year. But Young was the key as the Rays traded for Matt Garza and Jason Bartlett and made it to the World Series. Young returned to the Rays late in 2013 and hit .258 in only 23 games.
This year, Young was hitting .270, but the Orioles evidently did not consider him valuable enough to keep.