Twins cut Young's salary in new deal

Updated: February 12, 2009, 6:52 PM ET
Associated Press

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Delmon Young and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms on a $1,152,000, one-year contract.

Young gets a raise from the $700,000 he made last season, but his salary is technically being cut the maximum allowable 20 percent when the final prorated share of his initial $3.7 million signing bonus ($770,000) is factored in.

Since Tampa Bay gave him a $5.8 million, five-year deal after selecting him with the first overall pick in the 2003 amateur draft, the $1,152,000 figure was the least Young could have made in 2009 despite not being eligible for arbitration.

Young is not guaranteed a place in the starting lineup this year, coming off a disappointing season -- hitting .290 with 10 homers and 69 RBIs -- in a crowded outfield. But assistant general manager Rob Antony said Young's salary is based solely on the market and not on any regard for the player's status.

Young has a split contract. If he's in the minors he'll make $864,000 this season, the maximum 40 percent cut on a split contract.

The Twins typically wait to announce new contracts for players with less than three years of experience until the early stages of spring training. Pitchers and catchers have their first official workout on Monday.


Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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