"I love the fact that Delmon is coming back," Maddon said. "We've had some good conversations over the last couple of years, primarily during Spring Training. I know he's not intimidated by moments. He knows how to drive in tough runs."
Young, who was selected by Tampa Bay with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, made headlines for the wrong reasons while playing for Triple-A Durham in 2006, when he flung a bat that hit an umpire.
"He was kind of young," Maddon said. "I had to do the things I had to do, and when you're that young, you also have to do things you have to do. I was a young male at one time, contrary to popular belief. I get all of that. I like the guy a lot. He's going to help bring us to the promised land."
Executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman also saw a more refined Young when he decided to pursue him.
"Twenty-two-year-old Delmon is very different from 27-year-old Delmon," Friedman said. "I've spent a good deal of time with him over the last few years. He has definitely matured. He really wanted to be a part of this organization again, and we think he'll fit in well."
Sam Strong is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.