Trade: Michael Young to New York for Dellin Betances
Sure, the Yankees just got back a pretty notable third baseman who is also over the hill.
But it's not like Alex Rodriguez solves all their problems. In fact, if you think of the media headache caused by just having A-Rod around, it could compound their issues.
Young is a surprisingly decent fit for the Yankees, who made an offer for him shortly before the July 31 trade deadline.
Their lineup still has plenty of holes, like at first base where Lyle Overbay's .246/.295/.416 line isn't going to cut it. Young's bat is hardly ideal for first base because he has no power—actually less than Overbay this season. But his .343 on-base percentage is a vast improvement over what they are currently getting.
Of course, the Phillies don't appear willing to trade anyone under any circumstance. Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reported that Brian Cashman "ran into a brick wall" in negotiations with Ruben Amaro on July 31.
Given what we have seen with the Phillies this season, it would be surprising if that stance changed now. But you can never say never in trade talks, especially since Young is a free agent at the end of the year and under no obligation to stay in Philadelphia.
If the two sides do open negotiations, which will likely only happen if the Yankees can turn things around to get back in the playoff race, there are pieces to be had for the Phillies.
Betances just needs a change of scenery. Despite having a strong bounce-back year in Triple-A with 88 strikeouts and just 37 walks in 72.2 innings, the Yankees aren't going to give him another chance. He could be a nice player to take a gamble on and pitch out of a big league bullpen.