Delmon Young's 1-year deal with the Orioles was made official on Friday.
Delmon Young's 1-year deal with the Orioles was made official on Friday. (Leon Halip / Getty Images)

The Orioles made their deal with outfielder-designated hitter Delmon Young official Friday, announcing that he has been signed to a one-year contract.

Young agreed to terms on Christmas Eve, and the deal became official after the completion of a physical this week. Young will make $2.25 million in base salary with incentives that can raise the total value of the deal to $3 million.


"Delmon Young is an accomplished major league hitter who had a nice year with a lot of clutch hits in part-time duty in 2014," Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said. "Depending on how our team is structured, he could have a more vital role this season."

To make room on the organization's 40-man roster, the Orioles designated catcher Ryan Lavarnway for assignment.

Lavarnway's stint with the Orioles was short. He was claimed off waivers from the Chicago Cubs on Dec. 23. The Orioles also made two waiver claims on Lavarnway last month that were unsuccessful. He went to the Los Angeles Dodgers and then the Cubs those times.

A former top prospect with the Boston Red Sox, Lavarnway hit just .201/.249/.315 in 97 major league games in parts of four seasons with Boston.

Young signed a minor league deal with the Orioles last January and hit .302/.337/.442 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs in 83 games. He was 10-for-20 as a pinch hitter in the regular season and provided the biggest hit off the bench of the postseason, his three-run double in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers.

The focus of next week's minicamp in Sarasota, Fla., is geared toward the organization's young pitchers, but two veteran right-handers are scheduled to join the group.

Chris Tillman and Tommy Hunter are both expected to be in Sarasota. They're not required to be there -- the camp targets pitchers who are not yet arbitration-eligible -- but both pitchers are beginning their preparation for next season in Sarasota.

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