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Report: The Red Sox want Michael Young “badly”

Jun 29, 2013, 5:31 PM EST

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While Jose Iglesias has been a pleasant surprise for the Red Sox this season, recently taking over the starting third base job from the demoted Will Middlebrooks, the club is on the lookout for other options. And they have one name at the top of their list.

George A. King III of the New York Post was told by an industry source that the Red Sox want Phillies third baseman Michael Young “badly.” With Kevin Youkilis potentially out for the season following back surgery and Alex Rodriguez a question mark following hip surgery and the uncertainty of the Biogenesis investigation, King speculates that the Yankees could also be a fit.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. has said on multiple occasions that he has no intention to be a seller, though things could obviously change if the team falls further out of the race in the next month. They’ll enter play today at 39-42 on the season, 7 1/2 games behind the Braves in the National League East and 6 1/2 games back for a Wild Card spot.

Young is batting .289/.348/.412 with five home runs and 21 RBI in 74 games with the Phillies this season. Acquired from the Rangers during the winter, the 36-year-old is still owed around $8 million for the rest of the season. He has a full no-trade clause, so he would have to sign off on a potential deal.

While Iglesias has received most of the playing time at third base for the Red Sox of late, he’s starting at shortstop today in place of Stephen Drew, who left last night’s game with hamstring tightness. The Red Sox called up Jonathan Diaz today as a stopgap option for the hot corner.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Jun 29, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Sawks can’t have enough grit. I say spend more of that money your trust fund daddies in L.A. gave you.

  2. rjb23 - Jun 29, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    The Rangers are paying approximately 10,000,000 of his 16,0000 contract, meaning he probably is only owed around 3,000,000 from whomever trades for him.

    But what do I know, I’m no internet blogger.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      I don’t remember the exact amount, but you are correct in that Texas is paying a good chunk of his salary.

      However, it’s still accurate to say that Young is owed about $8 million more for the balance of the season as this is what he is owed regardless of who is paying what amount…

  3. chew1985 - Jun 29, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Phillies will soon be sellers so the rebuilding can start the last week of July. One chance for a last hurrah this season {and therefore not becoming sellers} would be if they were to hire a major-league calibre manager and pitching coach.

    Back when they hired Charlie Manuel they interviewed Jim Leyland at the same time but passed on him in favor of Mr. Magoo. Oh, what could have been.

    • flamethrower101 - Jun 29, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      In Charlie’s defense, they did win a World Series.

      • chew1985 - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:19 PM

        Yes, but it should have easily been a couple more. The current team has 12-15 non-motivated underachievers. Leyland would have prevented that from ever happening. Especially in the case of Jimmy Rollins, who is in his fifth year of classic underachievement.

      • evanwins - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:42 PM

        I love it. They should have “easily won” a couple more World Series. Yeah, cause it’s just that easy.

        How about Leyland and what he’s got? He’s had some good teams including last year and he hasn’t won one in that time.

    • 3511danny - Jun 29, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      I’ll take their record under Manual any time.

    • biasedhomer - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      They won the WS, hiring him was not a mistake. Leyland has not won a WS with the Tigers yet. Even before getting Fielder and the new guys, the Tigers had some talented teams with guys like Miggy, Ordonez, Pudge, Verlander, Granderson, etc.

      No ring to show for it, those teams underachieved and there had been many calling for his firing. So let’s not act like Leyland would have given the Phillies a dynasty.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:34 PM

      Oh please….Jim leyland is a crank, and you are simply speculating. There is not one manager who has had Manuels record from 200-7-2011. Not one. Including Jim Leylnad.

      Patiently waiting for the the hyperbole that will follow….

    • phillysoulfan - Jun 30, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      Chew, did it ever occur to you that Leyland’s syle would have turned off the players and they would have tuned him out, much like Larry Bowa?

  4. quintjs - Jun 29, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Call me sceptical, but any report which mentions interest from the Red Sox and the Yankees – I think someone may be trying to start a bidding war.

  5. tfbuckfutter - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    FINALLY.

    The slight upgrade to Stephen Drew we’ve been dreaming of.

  6. andreweac - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    The Professional Hitter has the grit and courage to compete that is required to win.

  7. 13arod - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    tfbuckfutter drew is a shortstop

    • mazblast - Jun 29, 2013 at 9:48 PM

      True, but if they get Young, Iglesias can play short while Young plays third.

  8. eagles512 - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    You can have him

  9. eagles512 - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    I admit I wanted Leyland back then and I’m glad they hired Manuel.

  10. insidefastball - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    Given Drew’s recent injury history this would make sense for the Sox. Middlebrooks clearly isn’t going to be the answer at 3B this season and Iglesias can handle short.

  11. theskinsman - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:53 AM

    Boegarts, anyone?

  12. turdfurgerson68 - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Uh…NO.

  13. canadatude - Jun 30, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Will the Bosox field 9 DH’s?

  14. siftin thru nonsense - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    Make the deal. Ship Young outtahere already. Bring up Ashe. Let’s get moving with the rebuild. this team isnt going anywhere as is. Unreal. Cmon Amaro. Wake up and do what needs to be done.

  15. northernredneck758 - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Redsox should trade for Yovanni Gallardo and Aramis Ramierz in return for Henry Owens,Anthony Ranaudo, Allen Webster and some first baseman prosect. It would be percfect Ramierz could take over until Middlebrooks got better and be an insurance policy for David Oritz in case he gets injured again. (And if Big Papi decdies to return Ramierz could take over) And Yo would fill in nice with Lester and Clay plus he is not a short rental nor is Ramierz.

    • northernredneck758 - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      *retire

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