Delwyn Young 'relieved' about trade

Dejan Kovacevic, writing in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports that Delwyn Young, the switch-hitting outfielder the Pirates acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers for two minor league players to be named or cash considerations, summed up his feelings shortly after being informed. "I'm relieved," he said from his California home. "Not surprised."

Young ascended through Los Angeles' system with good potential, then led the Dodgers with 14 pinch-hits last season. But he never was likely to break through an outfield that includes Manny Ramirez, Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier, nor a bench that was nearly as deep.

As Young put it, "There really wasn't an opportunity with the Dodgers."

Out of options, Los Angeles designated him for assignment and reached agreement with the Pirates. Pittisburg had been eyeing Young for months, as he was part of the trade talks between the same teams regarding Jack Wilson over the offseason, and they continued scouting him last week during a rehabilitation assignment -- he spent the offseason recovering from surgery to correct a right elbow impingement -- with Class AAA Albuquerque.

"It's another weapon for John Russell off the bench," general manager Neal Huntington said. "It's an intriguing bat. We've liked the bat for a long time."

Young has batted .267 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in 110 major league games over three seasons. He entered last season rated as the Dodgers' No. 9 prospect by Baseball America, this after batting .337 with 17 home runs, 97 RBIs and 54 doubles -- a Pacific Coast League record -- for Class AAA Las Vegas in 2007.

"Yes, it's the PCL, but those are still pretty good numbers," Huntington said.

"He was considered at one point to be the best hitter anywhere in the minors," Russell said.

Young will play primarily in the corner outfield spots, but he also has extensive history at second base. The Pirates will try him out at the latter and, if that goes well, at third, too.

If possible, the Bucs would also like to hone Young's skills at third to further increase his versatility. Young played primarily as a corner outfielder with the Dodgers.

"I played second base most of my career, so it's not too bad," Young said. "I have an opportunity to play wherever they need me. I don't think it's as much of a logjam as it was in L.A."

Young saw little chance of denting a starting lineup with the Dodgers and was preparing to report to Los Angeles' Triple-A affiliate before the Pirates worked out a trade for him late Tuesday night. He appeared almost exclusively as a pinch-hitter for Los Angles in 2008 and finished with a .276 average in that role.

It's a role in which Young said he is comfortable, but not necessarily for the long term.

"You've got a lot of good guys over there, and there's a roadblock every which way you look," Young said of his former club. "You come over here and there's an opportunity everywhere you look. I'm thrilled to come over here and be a part of a growing organization."

Huntington and Young each said the elbow is fine, Young calling it "picture-perfect."

To clear space on the 40-man roster, the team designated Indianapolis reliever Dave Davidson for assignment.

Young's salary is $406,000, and he cannot qualify for arbitration until after the 2010 season. That means the Pirates have his rights for this year, plus four more.

Dodgers at Houston
The Dodgers and their eight-game winning streak hit the road tonight for a three game series in Houston.

Clayton Kershaw starts the series opener tonight. The Dodgers juggled their rotation so Randy Wolf and Chad Billingsley could start on regular rest. Eric Stults was bumped to Friday at Colorado and McDonald slated to follow Saturday.

Scully in Another HOF
Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame in 1982, will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame on Tuesday at the organization's annual convention in Las Vegas, with a reception in his honor at the Las Vegas Hilton.

In 2000, Scully was named Sportscaster of the 20th Century by the American Sportscasters Association. This is Scully's 60th year as a Dodgers broadcaster. In 2001, the press box at Dodger Stadium was named in his honor. In addition to his baseball work, Scully has called play-by-play for the NFL and the PGA Tour.

Previous inductees to the NAB Radio Hall of Fame include Mel Allen, Gene Autry, Red Barber, Jack Buck, George Burns, Harry Caray, Bing Crosby, Herbert Hoover, Bob Hope, Casey Kasem, Larry King, Rush Limbaugh, Edward Murrow, Ronald Reagan and Orson Welles.

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