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Phillies to call up 3B prospect: is Michael Young gone?

Jul 30, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Rumors are a lot more fun when they have a step of background intrigue. Like a player to replace the possibly departing guy. Like this:

The big question is where Young may be going. My guess is the AL East, as the Yankees, Orioles and Red Sox have all been mentioned as possible destinations.

As for Asche: he’s 23 and he’s hitting .295/.352/.485 with 15 home runs, 68 RBI and 11 stolen bases over 104 games this season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He’s the sort of player you give a shot to as you rebuild. Which, finally, it appears the Phillies are doing.

  1. number42is1 - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Welcome to NY!

  2. fanofevilempire - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    I don’t know if he is gone, is he missing?

  3. largebill - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    With A-Rod likely gone and Yanks getting almost no production from 3B they are most likely destination for Young.

    • orangandblack - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      The Yankees have the biggest need, but that doesn’t make them the most likely destination.

      • largebill - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        True. Just believe they still think they’re close enough to make a run that they will make a deal and this one is most likely. Especially, with Jeter back and Granderson on way. I don’t have any idea about Yankees minor league trading chips or how they might appeal to Amaro.

      • jcmeyer10 - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        Haha, rumor is they have this prospect named Philipe Huhes who is super good and would be at the head of their package back to Philly.

  4. flyinhighwithvick - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Michael Young is a good clubhouse guy with playoff experience. He would be a great addition to any AL team as a DH. Defensively, he’s awful.

    • scotttheskeptic - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:03 PM

      If you prefer your DH to have GIDP as his middle initials, you are correct.

    • cohnjusack - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      He has a 104 OPS+ and is barely slugging over .400. That would be fine and dandy….but not for a DH.

      Granted, several teams have worse DH’s, but “not being the worst” does not equal “a great addition to any AL team”

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 30, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    If the Yankees do fall out of it this year (and I am not saying that has already happened) I suggest making Vernon Wells the full time 3B. They are stuck with the guy next season, in addition to Ichiro, Soriano and Gardner, so they might as well see if he can hack it at the hot corner. He was an infielder in school and played there a couple of times earlier in the season.

    Can he pass the “better than Jayson Nix/Brent Lillibridge” test?

  6. chiadam - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    it can’t be the Yankees. Aren’t they old enough already? Are they trying to build a shuffleboard team?

    • scotttheskeptic - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      Perhaps cashman subscribes to Amaro’s definition of getting Young-er?

    • 18thstreet - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      Young’s gone after this year. Not that I have the Yankees’ best interests at heart, but I think it makes sense for them to do this (assuming the price isn’t high).

      It’s crazy, but the Yankees remain without shouting distance of the playoffs. Why wouldn’t they try to improve their team? Is there any argument that Michael Young — despite his manifest flaws — isn’t better than what they’ve been throwing out there? Especially since he’s a right-handed hitter?

      Ballpark guesses of Young versus Brent Lillibridge:
      OBP: 340 versus 270
      SLG: 440 versus 330

      What’s the argument against? He’s gone after the year’s over.

      • jcmeyer10 - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:18 PM

        I agree (thanks for the Lowell dig). The Yankees are set to break records to ineptitude against RHP and this year Young is batting around .282 against RHP.

        As long as the price isn’t too high, the Yankees have every right to think the Red Sox might falter and the Rays can’t stay this hot.

  7. therealtrenches - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Yes. Trade him. Let the “Professional Hitter” hit his sacrifice flies on a 3-1 count, jog to first base, and collect his high-fives in someone else’s dugout. And let him boot the ball around on someone else’s hot corner.

  8. scotttheskeptic - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Trade him, sit him, DFA him, I don’t care. Let the youth movement commence in Philadelphia.

    • chiadam - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      In Soviet Russia, youth movement commences you!

  9. theinconvienenttruth - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    With a weak farm system, baiting teams with Phelps and Joba…I don’t see the Yankees making any big moves.

  10. 13arod - Jul 30, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Even though i hate the red soxs i think te red soxs will get him

  11. chadjones27 - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Apparently, according the twitter feeds I read, M Young will only go to Rangers (and possibly Red Sox) and has turned down trade to NYY

  12. Advanced Strength Training Programs - Jul 30, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    The no-trade clause is such a powerful tool in baseball for the players. It makes everything so much more complicated

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