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3B Cody Asche Promoted to Phillies: What’s Next for Michael Young?

Jul 30, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT


So it begins. With the Phillies mired in an ugly eight-game losing streak, and any designs on making the playoffs this season dashed along with it, the organization has promoted third-base prospect Cody Asche to the big club. It was only the first in what is likely to be a series of moves made in the next 24 hours by a front office that suddenly has all eyes fixed on next year.

The logical question now is what’s in store for Michael Young, who has started 90 of 105 possible games at third for the Phils this year. We don’t imagine they brought up Asche so he could warm the bench, while Young – 36 and a free agent at season’s end – is one of the franchise’s prime candidates to deal before Wednesday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline.

Unfortunately it’s not as simple as that. Young has a full no-trade clause, and although he was willing to waive it for Texas over the offseason in order to join the Phillies, he may not be as cooperative this time around. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the only move the seven-time All Star will approve is back to the Rangers.

It’s unclear what Ruben Amaro Jr. could get in exchange for Young, a two-to-three-month rental who’s batting .277 with a respectable .342 on-base percentage but dismal .402 slugging. It’s probably going to be significantly less as long as the Rangers have the Fightins over a barrel though.

Assuming Rosenthal’s report is accurate, it seems Young is trying to strong-arm his way back to Texas even at the risk of getting stuck in Philadelphia for the rest of the season. Curious decision, but that’s what the man wants. Perhaps that played some role in the club’s decision to call up Asche before Young was actually dealt – a way of sending a message to the veteran that he could wind up sitting if he stays.

While it remains to be seen how all of that plays out over the next 24 hours, the future is here now. Asche is the projected starter at third base next season, and was in the midst of a strong year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. A fourth-round pick in 2011, the 23 year old is batting .295 with 15 home runs and 68 runs batted in for the IronPigs. Something called Steve Susdorf was designated for assignment to make room on the Phils’ roster.

If nothing else, watching how Asche develops at the big-league level will gives fans a reason to keep in touch with the Phils over the last couple months. And one way or another, Young’s role on the diamond is about to be marginalized. Don’t expect a big haul in return, but it’s hard to believe he’ll be here much beyond this time tomorrow.

>> Young deal coming? Phils to call up Asche [CSN]

  1. willh888 - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    both Young’s almost 10 years apart.. both play like they’re 51. With Michael’s Dobbsish glove over at 3rd and Delmon’s under water running style, I wouldn’t mind seeing younger, hungrier (no pun intended Delmon) players at a corner. Hopefully this move is step one.

  2. Dave B. - Jul 30, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Put Asche at 3B, M. Young at 1B, Ruf to LF, when Brown returns put him in RF and send D. Young home. This puts Brown where he will play in the future, gives both Asche and Ruf a chance to show they can play and keeps a good guy, M. Young, in the clubhouse to counteract the bad clubhouse lawyers (Papelbon, Rollins, Lee).

    • Sean M. - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:48 AM

      Where is Howard in your plan?

      • qad - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:15 AM

        right where he belongs

      • Dave B. - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        Howard returns next year at 1B and M. Young is somewhere else. But really my comment wasn’t about long term. It was about what to do for the rest of this year.

  3. nope - Jul 30, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    “what is likely to be a series of moves made in the next 24 hours by a front office that suddenly has all eyes fixed on next year.”

    nope. not moving cliff, Mike will only go to Texas. Jimmy won’t go anywhere. Extending Chase. Don’t want to move Chooch. No one will take Pap.

    What moves will exactly be made????????

    • Hiccup - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:37 PM

      I agree in that I don’t see a lot of moves being made. I assume we want to keep Cliff Lee as a primo starter for next year behind salaried ace Hamels. We can’t move Howard, no one would want Chooch for his history of substance abuse, who would want Papelbons mouth and salary, so yeah, go ahead and trade M. Young and show our appreciation for his consistant but pedestrian batting average and get what?another Delmon Martinez Sudsdorf?
      In my honest but pessimistic opinion
      We should trade Cliff Lee before that inevitable season ending career defining injury,

  4. Baxter - Jul 30, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    RAJ never met a no-trade clause he didn’t like.

  5. Mostel - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:22 AM

    Asche must be headed back down to the minors soon because Ruben is doing NOTHING as all of baseball is making trades. Ruben has totally blown a chance to improve this team’s long term health by failing to trade off:

    - M. Young
    - D. Young
    - Utley
    - Ruiz
    - Lee
    - Papelbon
    - Rollins

    What a joke.

  6. galasso2586 - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    The Phillies are in a tough position here. A lot of us are calling for a complete overhaul of the team, but management has to think about some other things. Jonah Keri mentioned all of this in his weekly article on Grantland, all of which I was not aware of at all, The Phillies TV deal runs out in 2015 with ratings already dropping 36% from the start of this season and attendance at games down about 5,000 per game management is in a tough spot. Do they committ to a rebuild and drive ratings and attendance even lower? Which could possibly lead them to not getting the big TV. Or do they keep the big names that fans have an attraction and fimiliarity with (Cliff Lee, Utley, Rollins, Ruiz) and struggle through mediocrity with the hope that they land the big TV deal that could put them in the revenue bracket of the Yankees, Red Sox, and Dodgers.

    We as fans want to win and that’s all we care about. We only look at whether the team is performing on the field or not while not taking other aspects into consideration. This is a very tricky situation which if done correctly (a big stretch I know) could position the Phillies to be contenders for the next decade with the TV revenue.

    • BenE. - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      Thanks for sharing that.

      No one wants to watch this shitty team this year, let alone in 2015. Blow it up. I’d rather watch a bad team with a lot of young guys who could steadily improve over a couple years than watch the Philles 2008 alumni team. Time to move on, Wooderson, I mean, Ruben. Stop hanging on to the past.


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