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The Phillies have “some interest” in Michael Young

Dec 3, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

Michael Young

As of now, the Phillies’ top internal options for third base include Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis, so general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. is considering alternatives in the free agent and trade markets.

According to T.R. Sullivan of, the Phillies have “some interest” in a trade in a possible trade with the Rangers for Michael Young. Young, who turned 36 in October, is owed $16 million next season in the final year of a five-year, $80 million extension. Of course, he has 10-and-5 rights, so he can control his destiny. But he has expressed interest in a trade in the past and the Rangers are willing to listen.

The Rangers would likely have to cover some of Young’s 2013 salary in order to make a deal feasible after he batted .277/.312/.370 with eight homers and a career-low .682 OPS this past season.



  1. tuberippin - Dec 3, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    Report: Phillies interested in more aging infielders.

    Come on guys, did we not learn from David Bell or Pedro Feliz or the return of Placido Polanco this past year? I get that 3B is a thin market and the Galvis/Frandsen combination is entirely unsavory, but Michael Young was flat-out average all of last season.

    I hope there is some inquiry being done by the Phils front office regarding the services of Kevin Youkilis; yes, he’s 33 and has back issues, but he’s the best FA option that’s available at 3B, and with Chase Headley staying put in San Diego, he might be our best bet if we can get him on a 2yr deal.

  2. paperlions - Dec 3, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    This would be fantastically entertaining….I really hope this happens just because I am really curious to see how it would turn out.

    • phillyphreak - Dec 3, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      Ughhhhh. But would I be a bad fan to agree with the fantastically entertaining part?

      • paperlions - Dec 3, 2012 at 7:34 PM

        Oh, if I was a Philly phan, I’d be horrified even by the suggestion of adding Young to the roster….but as a non-Phan…it would be interesting as hell to see how long they would keep him in the lineup because of his veterany goodness….despite the fact that he can’t field or hit.

      • phillyphreak - Dec 3, 2012 at 8:49 PM

        The only positive is that he would welcome a position shift and bring an MVP like hustle to the lineup while he boots those routine grounders…

  3. koufaxmitzvah - Dec 3, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    The Phillies could use a Gaucho.

  4. ame123 - Dec 3, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    Rangers would probably need to eat 14$ mil of that contract for it to make any sense for the Phils.

  5. cosanostra71 - Dec 3, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    will Evan Grant vote for him as the NL MVP if this happens?

  6. kingjoe1 - Dec 3, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    The phillies should jump all over this guy to play third if Olt isn’t an option

  7. ezthinking - Dec 3, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Call the Yankees.

  8. lisasheffer - Dec 3, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    I will be totally heartbroken if they trade my Michael Young.. Not only is he a major leader in the clubhouse he sets the tone. For the whole team his experience and knowledge of the game is invaluable and he still plays awesome…

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