Phillies Trade for Young Heats up
Ruben Amaro Jr. said yesterday the Phillies had made progress at the Winter Meetings.
It turns out they are getting closer to finding a third baseman.
Sources said this morning they were in serious discussions about acquiring Rangers infielder Michael Young with everybody essentially waiting on Young to accept or reject the move. Young has full no-trade rights. If he said yes, the Phillies could feel a little better about their prospects at third base going into the season.
The Rangers are willing to eat some of Young’s $16 million contract, although it is unclear how much.
Young is a highly popular player and known as a good clubhouse guy in Texas, but his production suffered a steep decline last season. He hit .277 with eight home runs, 67 RBIs and a .682 on-base-plus-slugging percentage last season. He hit .338 with 11 homers, 106 RBIs and an .854 OPS in 2012, so the Phillies are hoping he can move back toward those 2011 numbers, even just a little bit.
It remains to be seen who the Phillies will include in the deal, but it is doubtful the Phillies would include a significant piece from their 25-man roster to acquire Young considering he is declining production and he is in the final year of his contract. It also is unclear how much Young can handle third base. He has spent the majority of his career at shortstop and second base, but played 25 games there last season. Scouts said earlier this week they weren’t sure he could play there an entire season.