Orioles sign free agent Young to one-year contract

The Orioles today announced that they have signed free agent outfielder Delmon Young to a one-year contract. To make room on the 40-man roster, catcher Ryan Lavarnway has been designated for assignment.

Young, 29, batted .302/.337/.442 with seven home runs and 30 RBI over 83 games with the Orioles in 2014, including a .316/.345/.481 slash line in 47 games at Oriole Park. He led the majors (min. 10 PA), batting .500 (10-20) as a pinch hitter. Originally selected by the Tampa Bay Rays with the first overall pick in the 2003 First Year Player Draft, Young has batted .283/.317/.425 over 1,066 career major league games.

Lavarnway, 27, was claimed off waivers from the Cubs on December 23. He batted .283/.389/.370 in 62 games for Triple-A Pawtucket in 2014.