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UPDATE: Michael Young willing to waive no-trade for Boston, New York

Jul 31, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

Michael Young AP

2:06 p.m. EDT update: Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News says the Yankees have been told that Young would accept a trade to New York. He’d be a safety net for the Yankees depending on what happens with Alex Rodriguez.

12:29 p.m. EDT update:’s Gordon Edes was told it’s “doubtful” that the Red Sox will acquire Young.


Maybe it was the Jose Iglesias trade or maybe it was something he was open to all along, but Michael Young is now willing to waive his no-trade clause to go to Boston,’s Ken Rosenthal reports.

It was reported yesterday that Young was only willing to go back to Texas in a trade.

The 36-year-old Young homered last night and is batting .279/.345/.411 with eight homers and 34 RBI in 365 at-bats for the Phillies this year. He represents a safe third-base option for the Red Sox, but he’s one with a below average glove, limited power and a tendency to ground into double plays. In Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks, the Red Sox have alternatives with greater upside. Still, there might be something to be said for taking the sure thing.

  1. Glenn - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Aren’t the Red Sox supposed to be too smart to want Michael Young? Who needs a zero to negative WAR guy with a big ego?

    • Glenn - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      Michael Young: 2012 WAR -2.0
      2013 WAR -0.5

      I think I would take my chances with a homegrown and cheap replacement player.

      • biasedhomer - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        And what homegrown player are you talking about?
        Middlebrooks still has yet to get back on track and Bogaerts is not ready yet.

        People don’t seem to understand that those guys will be called up next year or in September when rosters expand. Young is not going to be there next season.

      • rogersjd16 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        Actually blased, Middy has nearly an RBI / game down in Pawtucket. I’d be willing to take a chance on him being ready. And while Young is the ultimate professional and a solid hitter, he has less than zero range and not someone I want playing the hot corner.

      • Glenn - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:59 PM

        biased – I think that you do not understand that Michael Young is done, should no longer be in the big leagues, is being paid $17 mil, and has a superstar’s ego. I wouldn’t take him for free, much less pay that salary and/or give up something for him. A negative WAR means that that you are hurting the team – not worse than an average major-leaguer – worse than an average replacement player from the minors. The Red Sox have plenty of replacement level options and have called up one already.

    • coloradogolfcoupons - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:19 PM

      Not only a negative WAR…when playing 3rd, you need to put a batting practice protective screen in front of Young at 3rdm to keep him from getting killed from hard grounders, which he can not dodge as well as he used to. Moving that screen leads to injuries among the ground crew, labor unrest when they demand extra money for performing duties not covered in their contract, possible picketing outside the stadium, and other players then demanding a screen of their own due to professional jealousy. Pretty soon you have 8 screens on the field, and baseball starts to look like a prison movie with bars in front of every player. Best to look at the law of unintended consequences before taking a leap at Michael Young.

      • dakotaandotter - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:41 PM

        i’m a Phillies season ticket holder and have watched a lot of young at third this year and he has been adequate, not great by any means but nowhere near what you’re describing. he will only cost you a low to mid level prospect and to have his bat and leadership when there really are no other good options is not a bad thing.

  2. Jack Marshall - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    My guess is that the Sox will go with some combo of the kids. They will all field better than Young, and hit better than Iglesias.

  3. chaser44 - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    I think a decent bullpen prospect, I don’t know the redsox farm system at all, but I think that would be fair. Maybe young and lannan, that would give them insurance for their starters if one can’t get I healthy. Lannan has pitched well lately and I don’t see him in the phillies future.

  4. imnotyourbuddyguy - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    Why do people still talk about Middlebrooks? He has a hole in his bat, he’s not the future at Third for the Sox Garin Cecchini is the Sox future Thirdbaseman

    • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      Reality right there ^, Middlebrooks who?

      • pbastille - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        And then there’s this:

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        Still better than Middlebrooks though

    • biasedhomer - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:29 PM

      It seems odd that everyone forgets how awful Middlebrooks was this season in the MLB.

      I still think he can turn it around based on what he showed for half a season last year, but to count on him right now would be a mistake.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        He was a hacker who walked 5% of the time while K’ing at a 25% rate in the minors as well. Sure he has some pop but Cecchini projects much better.

        Garin gets a BB rate near 15%, K’s much less and keeps putting up wOBA’s of .400

        It’s not as though Middlebrooks isn’t worthy of a roster spot, but no doubt Red Sox officially are looking at Cecchini as the future.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:43 PM


  5. scotttheskeptic - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    The Acela leaves 30th Street once every hour, Michael. Grab a cab.

  6. hieronymous27 - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Young to the Yankees seems to be a natural fit given the upcoming suspensions.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:54 PM

      He really does. I’ve said before that I don’t have the Yankees’ best interests at heart, but here’s the things:

      (1) Michael Young, despite his flaws, is better than what the Yankees have been putting at third.
      (2) The Yankees are — miraculously — still in playoff contention.
      (3) Looking at last year’s Kevin Youkilis trade (Red Sox to the White Sox), it’s pretty clear that two months of Michael Young does not demand an expensive return.
      (4) Michael Young is a free agent after the season ends, and thus doesn’t harm any plans for 2014.

      I realize that the decision is, in part, up to Young himself. He can veto a trade. But if I were the Yankees, I would really want the guy. I don’t know what the argument against trading nothing for Michael Young is.

    • southofheaven81 - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:30 PM

      I adore Lillibridge’s glove but offensively he’s not ready for Prime Time.

  7. tbutler704 - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    “The 36-year-old Young”

    Say no more. He’s a perfect fit for the NY Yankees.

  8. eatitfanboy - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    The Chicago Cubs pitching staff has more home runs than the Yankees have gotten out of the third base position this year. I wish I were making that up. I don’t care if he’s 36. He won’t cost much and he fits an actual need.

    So naturally Cashman will trade for 3 more outfielders and some more injured starting pitchers.

  9. socalyankeejetfan - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Dear Ruben Amaro Jr.,

    Please feel free to accept either Phil Hughes or Joba Chamberlain for Young. That way you get a fairly young, but at least experienced arm for either the back end of your rotation (Hughes) or bullpen (Joba) and we can maybe get a couple of HR’s and some kind of an offensive heartbeat from the 3B spot.

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