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Report: Everybody Loves Michael Young

Jul 16, 2013, 4:48 PM EDT


We’ve already heard a report that the Red Sox might be interested in trade for Phillies’ third baseman Michael Young, and also that the Yankees could be a fit as well. Well if Ken Rosenthal is correct, there are a dozen or so teams that could be trying to swing a deadline deal to acquire the seven-time All-Star’s services.

In a report filed to, Rosenthal described the interest in Young around the league as “intense” on Tuesday, adding the number of teams that have already contacted the Phillies has reached double digits. Here’s more:

Young, 36, is batting .288 with a .759 OPS after joining the Phillies in an offseason trade from his longtime team, the Texas Rangers. The Red Sox would play Young at third base. The Yankees, another interested team, could play him at third and first. Other clubs, sources say, would use Young at least part-time at second, which he last played in 2012 and last played regularly in ‘03.

The demand for Young is rising in part because of the shortage of quality right-handed hitters on the trade market. The Phillies, however, have no obvious internal replacement for Young, particularly if they plan to overtake the Braves in the National League East.

Aside from his right-handed bat, it’s clear Young is also attractive to buyers because of his versatility in the infield. Besides being able to play second and third, he’s also made a few appearances at first base for Philadelphia in 2013.

As for Rosenthal’s claim that the Phils have no obvious replacement for Young, that may not be entirely true. Kevin Frandsen has been an absolute treat coming off of the bench this season, and even going back to his call-up last summer. Over at The Good Phight, the argument has been made Frandsen is actually having a better season than Young at the plate.

That’s difficult to dispute, although I would be concerned about how Frandsen would hold up playing every day over the remainder of the season. His gritty style of play can be very punishing on his body. If Frandsen were to become an everyday player, it also shortens the Fightins’ bench, unless Freddy Galvis can recapture his stroke from earlier this season.

That said, if the Phillies want to give it one last shot with this core, the front office may have to get creative. Their relief pitching simply is not good enough to go deep, but most would say Ruben Amaro Jr. isn’t in a position to be moving certain or (m)any prospects at all, while there are few if any tradable commodities on the 25-man roster who have viable replacements. Moving Young might be their best chance at patching up up the bullpen for a postseason run.

Young also has a full no-trade clause, so we don’t know how that will come into play.

Of course, what happens in the less-than two weeks to follow the All-Star break could determine the Phillies’ course of action anyhow. One thing is for certain right now though, and that is Michael Young is in demand.

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  1. Nova - Jul 16, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    I like the idea proposed earlier on Comcast Sports about trading for Schierholtz and Villanueva from the Cubs for second-tier prospects. Villanueva would help the pen during seventh and eighth inning stretches (plus a 2014 contract) with Schierholtz anchoring down centerfield in Revere’s absence. You play Nate on righties and Mayberry on lefties.

    I’d swing that if the Cubs truely are in sell mode.

    • Jason R. - Jul 16, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Wasn’t Schierholtz a Phillies last year and his contract expired and they did nothing in order to keep him? #doh

      • Jeff - Jul 17, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        In the Phillies’ defense, Schierholtz had one homer, 5 ribbies and 18 hits in 66 plate appearances for the Phils last year and he had enough opportunities to prove himself while he was here. The Phillies committed themselves to Brown moving up, bringing in a young centerfielder in Revere and hoping D. Young would light the world on fire with his bat.

        This season with the Cubs has been something out of the norm for Schierholtz, but if the Cubs are going to sell and since Schierholtz is a FA at the end of the season, he might come in on the cheap and would be pretty ideal for what this team needs, especially against right-handed pitching.

  2. Matt - Jul 16, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    I think Frandsen/Ashce could certainly hold down 3B for the rest of the year, and if there are any takers we should move Rollins as well. Clear that salary for the next 1 (probably 2) years and let Galvis play every day.

    Would there be that much of a dropoff? I highly doubt it. Plus the Phils could trim salary & get some pieces back. You can still make a run this season and plan for the future at the same time.

    • Rogue - Jul 16, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      Be aware Rollins also has a full no trade – he is a 5& 10 player.

  3. Hiccup - Jul 16, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    We should keep M. Young, he’s hot and adds pop so why give him up? There has to be another way to shore up the pen without giving up hitters and position players that help this team to tread water at .500. I still say trade Delmon, Mayberry and Wheels for some bullpen relief.

    • Andrew Kulp - Jul 16, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      Okay, I’ll ask… who’s playing outfield (especially for the next two months) if they trade Delmon and/or Mayberry?

      • asd - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:03 PM

        exactly. Plus if you think you’re getting bullpen relief by trading Mayberry and Delmon Young you’re hilariously mistaken. If you want legit bullpen relief you trade Michael Young otherwise you’re stuck with what you got.

      • Hiccup - Jul 17, 2013 at 1:35 AM

        Matthews and Wheeler of course.

    • asd - Jul 16, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      because he’s 36 and you could get badly needed bullpen help for now and the future? The phillies would be stupid not to trade him, he’s found money and they can certainly survive without him with Fransden and Asche.

      If Michael Young is required for this team to make the playoffs then they won’t be making the playoffs. He bats .300 but otherwise doesnt add much to lineup unless he’s batting leadoff with his poor defense and penchant for grounding consistently into doubleplays.

      The phillies can still easily contend without Papelbon and M. Young, and hopefully Ruben recognizes this. Meanwhile if the Tigers are desperate enough to fork over a 3B prospect and we can get bullpen help from Michael Young. You absolutely do it. Don’t trade Cliff, don’t trade Chase or Jimmy and this team still can contend and we can add some pieces for the future while we contend.

  4. Kunk - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    I cannot believe this is even a debate. I would trade Michael Young for a big ol’ plate of whoooooooo caresssssssss at this point.

  5. Mike Gibson - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    I think the combo of Fransden and Ashe would at least deliver .289 and MORE than the few HRs Young gives you.
    If you can get a can’t miss Jroll of the future or a centerfield stopgap, the Tad Tagachi of CFs if you will, go for it.


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