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Dodgers acquire Michael Young from the Phillies

Aug 31, 2013, 11:04 PM EDT

With an hour left in August, the Dodgers have acquired infielder Michael Young from the Phillies, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Young will be eligible for the post-season roster.

Rosenthal reports that the Phillies will receive 24-year-old left-handed Minor League pitcher Rob Rasmussen. He spent this season between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque, posting an aggregate 4.11 ERA with mediocre strikeout and walk rates. He was originally selected by the Marlins in the second round of the 2010 draft.

Young, who turns 37 years old in October, went 3-for-5 today against the Cubs, continuing a torrid stretch of hitting. It was his fifth multi-hit game in his last six games, including a 4-for-5 performance last night. Overall, he has been about average offensively, but his defense has made him one of the league’s least valuable players according to Baseball Reference.

Young is eligible for free agency after the season.

  1. baseballer28 - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Who’d they get in return?

    • Bill Baer - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      Rosenthal hasn’t reported yet. Local beats aren’t any more helpful as of now. I’ll update the post once the information is known.

      • toodrunktotastethischicken - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:49 PM

        Via Jayson Stark
        “#Dodgers will send a minor league pitcher to #Phillies for Michael Young once deal is finalized. Wrapping up final details now.”

    • dickclydesdale - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:29 AM

      Michael Young is a loser. Dodgers might have just jinxed themselves in their title run. Young admitted to letting down on the Cardinals when they could have put them away in the world series. This guy is not a winner.

      • nbjays - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:12 AM

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  2. yahmule - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Uribe is better.

  3. dipasquajr2155 - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    It’s about time! Young is a great player and deserves to be on a contending team. The Phillies are going through a transition of youth. It frees up a spot in September

    • einjzmolf - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      he would’ve been on a contending team in texas if he had taken a dose of reality and realized he isn’t an every day infielder anymore.

      • sportsfan18 - Sep 1, 2013 at 3:36 AM

        I’m not saying I disagree… but Young has been an everyday infielder this season with the Phillies…

        He has the 25th most at bats in the National League…

      • Glenn - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:36 AM

        True, but he stinks. It shows how stupid the Phillies are to play him so much.

      • dipasquajr2155 - Sep 7, 2013 at 10:35 PM

        It seemed like a great move for the Phillies. They got him for a discounted rate with the cash thrown into the deal. The team had a chance at the beginning of the season to be good, but fell apart. Instilling youth begins. He’s perfect for the Dodgers though because he doesn’t have to play everyday like you said. I’m sure he realizes that, but he can play multiple positions

  4. losanginsight - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Good pick up for LA. Uribe has been good but I would rather have Michael Young up when you really need a hit.

  5. randygnyc - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Have to admire the dodgers new ownership’s commitment to winning, immediately.

    • yahmule - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:06 AM

      What’s he ever won? Uribe has been on a couple of championship clubs.

  6. twinsapologist - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    The guy just #KNOWS how to #WIN.

  7. straightouttavtown - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    All the bandwagon Uribe homers clearly don’t follow baseball long enough. Michael Young has been a consistently productive player for a decade. Uribe, on the other hand, has been the classic tease with no consistency to speak of. He looked like he was done the last 2 years and the only reason he wasn’t cut was because of the stupid contract Colletti gave him after two passable seasons (he was a complete joke for 3 years in a row before that from 2006-2008 and was DFAed by the White Sox I’m not mistaken. He was also one of the worst regulars in 2002, during the height of the steroids era with a whooping .627 OPS that season). Now after 300 mediocre replacement level at bats, dumb fans suddenly think he’s better than Young. Give me a break already.

    • yahmule - Sep 1, 2013 at 1:43 AM

      Hey dummy, Young’s WAR is -1.1 this year.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/y/youngmi02.shtml

      Uribe’s is 2.3.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/u/uribeju01.shtml

      Too dumb to understand these simple numbers?

      • Glenn - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:39 AM

        Who thumbs down simple, relevant, and correct stats?

      • yahmule - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:05 AM

        Probably the simpleton who posted Uribe’s stats from 2002 as part of his argument.

  8. xmatt0926x - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    I’m a Phillies fan and I don’t care if they got a bag of balls back for him. There is just no reason for a guy in his final season or so in the majors to be rotting on a non-contender. The Phillies gain nothing by keeping him on the roster.

    People seem to hate on the guy because other people overrate him. I never got that. It’s not his fault people label him as a “winner” or “leader” or whatever. I personally like to see ageing players get a chance to win something. Good for him. It is true though that he has absolutely no range at 3rd base.

    • nbjays - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:14 AM

      On other words, he is the 3rd base equivalent of Derek Jeter, good bat, ok glove when it is nearby, no range to speak of.

  9. babyfarkmcgeezax - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    More like Michael Old

    • jerze2387 - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:55 AM

      didnt HE get traded to the cubs?

      (i know its Olt, but it was for the purposes of a corny joke)

  10. MyTeamsAllStink - Sep 1, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    not a bad pickup but it wasnt a necessary pick up IMO.

  11. deathmonkey41 - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    The good news is that the Phillies will call up Michael Martinez to take his place!

  12. yahmule - Sep 1, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    This is a terrible acquisition. Probably the worst thing they could have done from a team chemistry standpoint. Despite his universal worship from sportswriters, Michael Young couldn’t lead water downhill. I guarantee you Uribe was more popular in the Dodger clubhouse than Young was in Philly or Texas.

    • coloradogolfcoupons - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      I agree completely. Range of a statue, and hands of stone. Get used to ‘past a diving Young’. PITIFUL defender. Drove in 42 runs in 130 games with Phillies batting 3rd and 5th…awful production in those slots. If he plays the infield, prepare for staff ERA to rise, and pitchers to resent him playing behind him. This is coming from a Ranger fan who has seen Young play every day for 12 years until this year. Despite sportswriter love and platitudes, he led the Rangers to defeat from the jaws of victory last year, losing a 13 game lead to the A’s last year. He had NO influence on Hamilton, who was so bad a Little Leaguer could have given him useful advice. He is not a winner, he is a whiner. There is no upside here, only a possible disruption in team chemistry. At this point in time, Uribe is hands down a much better option.

  13. cavemanna - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    Who cares who’s more popular in the clubhouse? He’s not here to lead anybody. Your idea of wats important and the way you think things are inside the Dodger circle are hilarious . Youngs a good hitter and provides depth and an extra quality bat. Period. You can take War stats and hide them from the sun. This just in…. M Young is a better hitter than Uribe. Are we really using RANGE at the 3 bag as an issue?

    • ptfu - Sep 1, 2013 at 2:31 PM

      Michael Young 2013: .276/.336./.395
      Juan Uribe 2013: .271/.328/.397

      Looks pretty close to me. You could say that Dodger Stadium is a tougher place to hit than Citizens Bank, and give an edge to Juan Uribe. But they’re essentially the same hitter this season.

      Well, we need a tiebreaker to determine who is better. Uribe’s defense is better than Young’s. Both the eye test and basic & advanced statistics agrees on this.

      Wanna talk baserunning? Uribe has 4 stolen bases, while Young has only 1. No help for Young there.

      Sure, Young can hit a little. Fine, he provides depth. OK, the Bums are gambling that Young can go on a hot streak. But this season, Michael Young is simply not a better hitter, or a better overall player, than Juan Uribe.

      • drewsylvania - Sep 1, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        And Young played in a much better hitter’s park.

    • nbjays - Sep 1, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      Apparently range at 3rd base is vitally important unless you can hit like Miggy Cabrera, then it is not an issue.

    • yahmule - Sep 1, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      Michael Young’s farcical leadership rep is all he brings to the table besides poor defense and an empty batting average.

  14. cavemanna - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Kids . Smh.

  15. drewsylvania - Sep 1, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Who’s next in the Dodgers’ neverending quest to acquire as many over-the-hill vets as possible?

    • nbjays - Sep 1, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      As has been said before:

      LA Dodgers = West Coast Yankees

      • drewsylvania - Sep 1, 2013 at 3:38 PM

        Yup. It will bite them in the ass soon.

  16. greymares - Sep 1, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    please let it be Rollins

  17. cavemanna - Sep 1, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Much more accomplished and consistent hitter. I’d rather have Young start something like 92 to 37 doubles in the last 3 yrs and oodles more hits. Much better batsman having a down year . Maybe age is the problem, but I’d start him over Uribe.

  18. ocramfan22 - Sep 2, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    He’s a depth player. Uribe is the 3rd baseman for the LA Dodgers. A good bat off the bench will be Young’s primary role.
    Spelling Uribe or Gonzo in the final month will be the other use. Go Blue!

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