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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tigers waste no time naming PTBNL in Delmon Young trade

Even though they had until October to send the "player-to-be-named-later" to Minnesota to complete Monday's deal for Delmon Young, the Detroit Tigers got it over far sooner, tabbing Lester Oliveros as the final piece.

The 23-year-old reliever posted a 5.63 ERA in nine games with the parent club this season, and just 3-3 with a 4.20 ERA in 32 minor league appearances. The Tigers had already sent Single-A pitcher Cole Nelson to Minnesota when the deal was announced.

Young was 2-for-4 in his Tigers debut Monday, homering in his first at-bat with the team. He's on a one-year, $5.38M contract which carries him through the end of this season, but is not eligible for free agency until 2013.

Whether or not he becomes a long-term fixture for the team, the cost — two minor-league pitchers, not among their top-tier prospects — of the waiver trade was not prohibitive.


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