Michael Young Trade Rumors: Latest on Yankees, Others Interested in 3B
The Philadelphia Phillies' Michael Young wasn't dealt before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but that doesn't mean he will be in Philly for the rest of the 2013 MLB season. Read on for the latest updates as they come in.
UPDATE: Wednesday, July 31, by Tom Kinslow
Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News has an update on the trade market for Michael Young.
According to a source, the Yankees have been told that Michael Young would accept a trade to New York.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) July 31, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, July 30, by Ian Hanford
Young's future is uncertain, but he will be in the Phillies lineup for Tuesday's game according to MLB Lineups:
UPDATE: Sunday, July 28, by Brandon Galvin
ESPN's Buster Olney has the latest on Michael Young:
PHI has reached out to other teams to let other teams know that players are available, including Michael Young. Cliff Lee not on the list.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 28, 2013
UPDATE: Saturday, July 27 by Ian Hanford
ESPN's Gordon Edes has the latest buzz on Young:
Rangers, Red Sox, Orioles all in on Michael Young. Probably makes most sense for Orioles as DH— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) July 28, 2013
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal has the latest on Michael Young:
About a dozen clubs have checked in on Young, according to major league sources. Included among them: The Boston Red Sox, who had their vice president of player personnel, Allard Baird, watch the Phillies in back-to-back series before the All-Star break, sources say.
The Philadelphia Phillies brought in Michael Young to provide stability at third base. The veteran infielder has done exactly that, leading to questions about his future as the club remains right on the borderline of playoff contention.
Young is hitting close to .300 with an on-base percentage above .340, providing the steady production the Phillies hoped for when they acquired him. His power has dropped off from its peak and he's never been an elite base stealer, but he gets on base and creates scoring opportunities.
To his credit, the 36-year-old star isn't letting the potential distractions bother him with a couple more weeks until the trade deadline. Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer passed along comments from Young, who said it's easier to deal with the rumors during the season.
"This is actually the first time I've ever dealt with [trade rumors] during the season," the Phillies third baseman said Tuesday. "I've dealt with it in the offseason before. It's a lot easier during the season because you have something to look forward to, which is the game.
"You get ready to go out and compete and that's all I really care about. Everything else is just noise to me."
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports Young, along with fellow infielder Chase Utley, are the most likely trade chips to get moved by the Phillies should they decide to sell. It's a decision they have a couple more weeks to make.
Much more likely to be dealt if the Phillies ultimately decide to trade would be veteran positional stars Chase Utley and Michael Young, who are in the last year of their long-term deals. Young has just over $8 million left on his $16 million 2013 salary, and Utley has about $8 million to go on his $15 million salary.
Young's contract is a key point because it limits the market. Teams that have already dropped out of the playoff race or are trending in that direction likely won't want to trade for a veteran third baseman who can walk away at season's end.
Instead, the Phillies must focus on contenders and teams hoping to make a charge in the second half if they decide to move the former Texas Rangers star.
Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that sources say the Phillies have indeed considered moving Young and have interest in Joba Chamberlain to bolster their bullpen. But the Yankees aren't biting. At least not yet.
However, the sources indicated that Cashman’s interest has been lukewarm at best, as the GM continues to play waiver-wire lotto with the likes of Cruz, Gonzalez and Ishikawa, each of whom has been added during the season as the Yankees look for lightning in a bottle rather than taking on an expensive free-agent-to-be such as Young.
It's one of those situations where the stance of both teams could change before the deadline depending on their play immediately following the All-Star break. Nothing sounds imminent, though.
As for the Red Sox, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe states the club remains interested in Young, but there's very little progress to report.
Still Red Sox interest in Michael Young, but serious names have not been discussed according to a major league source.— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) July 9, 2013
The Phillies shouldn't be in any hurry to deal Young. Given his track record, it's not like his value is going to plummet over the next couple weeks (barring injury), and as the deadline gets closer, their choice to buy, stand pat or sell will be easier.
If they decide to sell, that's when teams like the Yankees, Red Sox and other interested clubs can get serious about making a dea
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