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Dmitri Young Works Out For Pirates; Clint Hurdle 'Curious,' According To Report

First baseman / hitter Dmitri Young worked out for the Pirates on Monday, MLB.com's Tom Singer tweets.

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#Pirates worked out Dmitri Young today. Took balls at 1B and the OF, ran bases, hit from both sides. Hurdle saw enough to remain curious

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Young hasn't played in the big leagues since 2008, hasn't played any defensive position but first base since 2005, and hasn't ever been a particularly good defensive player. So if the Pirates were to sign Young (certainly to a minor-league deal), it would purely be due to his hitting ability. Young did post on-base percentages of .394 and .378 during his brief 2007-2008 renaissance with the Nationals, so it's possible the hitting talent is still there. But due to his defensive deficiencies, his tactical value as a bench player is so limited that it's hard to see how he can help much.

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