Found February 07, 2012 on Pirates Prospects:
PITTSBURGH — Jim Bowden of ESPN reported today that the Pirates and Manager Clint Hurdle plan on working out first baseman Dmitri Young next week at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida. Young, 38, hasn’t played in the Majors since 2008 when he hit .280 with four home runs and 10 RBI over 50 games with the Washington Nationals. In an article by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN in January, Young has been working hard on making a comeback. Towards the end of his career, Young weighed in between 290 and 310 pounds, but is said to check in currently at 232. In the article it was mentioned that Young traveled to the winter meetings in Dallas to make his case to the front-office people in hopes of landing a job. While in Dallas, Young reported to have 10 warm leads from teams. In his prime, Young batted .300 or better from 1998 through 2001 with the Cincinnati Reds. In 2003 with the Detroit Tigers, Young hit .297 with a career-high 29 home runs and a .909 OPS. In 2006, Young dealt with issues both ...

Dmitri Young to work out for Pirates

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