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Michael Young Could Be the Phillies Next Third Baseman (If He Wants To)

Dec 6, 2012, 10:28 AM EDT

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If you were hoping to get excited about the 2013 Phillies by their first big offseason move, you may be waiting quite a while.

After word hit the Internet that talks between the Rangers and Phillies were “advanced” last night, CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury says this morning that the decision now lays in Michael Young’s hands whether he wants to be a Phillie or not. Young has a no-trade clause.

According to Jon Heyman, the Rangers would eat about $10 million of Young’s salary.

If you were hoping to get excited about the potential deal, don’t read Beerleaguer this morning, who writes:

Young was really, really, really bad last year. Out of 143 qualifying
major-leaguers, he was 125th in OPS. He hit .257/.291/.352 against
righties. He had 27 doubles and grounded into 26 double plays.

If you were counting, that was three “really”s before “bad.”

Kinda hoping Young doesn’t want to come to Philly, but that said, I’m still not sure who else is going to play third base next season…

UPDATE: High Cheese tries to make us all feel a bit better about the potential move, assuming it’s cheap-ish salary-wise and doesn’t take much in terms of talent given up:

But the Phillies have to diversify their offensive options at
the position. Even in the worst year of his career, Young’s numbers
still dwarfed the ones Galvis posted as a rookie second baseman: Batting
average (Young .277, Galvis .226), On Base Percentage (Young .312,
Galvis .254), Slugging percentage (Young .370, Galvis .363). And while
Young hit just .257/.291/.352 against right-handed pitching, Galvis hit
just .208/.231/.331.