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Dodgers considering bringing back Michael Young as their regular third baseman

Dec 14, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

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The Dodgers are flush with cash, but it can’t buy them everything. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the team is considering bringing back free agent Michael Young as their starting third baseman.

As Olney explains, the reason for this is because the Dodgers “believe increasingly” that free agent Juan Uribe could be headed elsewhere. Reports have linked him to the Marlins and White Sox in recent days. He was also mentioned as a possible first base option for the Rays, but that’s likely out now that the club has re-signed James Loney. It’s hard to believe that the Dodgers are actually serious about going with Young at third base, so perhaps this is a case of them leaking something to the media in hopes that it will get Uribe to make a decision. Otherwise, yikes.

Young, 37, hit .279/.335/.395 with eight home runs and 46 RBI over 565 plate appearances last season between the Phillies and Dodgers. He mostly played third base during his time with Philadelphia and defensive metrics weren’t very kind to him. Or the naked eye, for that matter. If Uribe signs elsewhere, the Dodgers could be better off moving Hanley Ramirez back to third base and signing Stephen Drew to play shortstop. However, there’s nothing to indicate that they are open to doing that.

UPDATE: Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com today that he is still hopeful of re-signing Uribe.

  1. thepoolshark - Dec 14, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    This has to be the most asinine report of the year. Anyone watching Young mangle 3rd base and GDIP constantly has to be LTFAO at this. If this turns out to be anything more than a FO leak, Kershaw and the staff will be staging a mass suicide shortly after the signing. Fans should be burning Young’s number in effigy to protest, because he has no business still being in MLB.

  2. kingkershaw - Dec 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Well, he is right about one thing, Drew would be a perfect fist for the Dodgers. But considering he was given a qualifying offer, that kills the option before it even started.

  3. voteforno6 - Dec 14, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    If this actually happens, then Dodgers fans may have to get used to the phrase “…past a diving Michael Young” spoken in the dulcet tones of Vin Scully’s voice.

    • dinofrank60 - Dec 14, 2013 at 3:10 PM

      This is hilarious; DJ Short mentions metrics to tell us that Young is not a good 3B, but you have told us what we will see… time and time again!

  4. lanflfan - Dec 14, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    No. Please no. Dear God no.

    I don’t even want Young on the bench. Plug a rookie in there, someone with fire in his belly, better than wasting a roster spot on Young. He is done.

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