If the early reports are any indication, we could hear about the future of Michael Young before Saturday is over.
The Philadelphia Phillies and Texas Rangers are believed to have been working on a deal for the veteran infielder since last week, but the Rangers would need Young’s approval to proceed with a trade. Young has 10-and-5 rights, meaning that he can veto any trade that the Rangers attempt to make. However, there are whispers as of Saturday morning that he had agreed to waive his no-trade rights.
The Phillies are apparently doing everything in their power to convince Young to come to the City of Brotherly Love. According to Jeff Passan, the Phils are treating Young like a no. 1 pick in attempting to ‘woo’ him. Some have theorized that having Young in the fold could lead to Josh Hamilton following.
Young has been with the Rangers for his entire career and is the franchise’s career hits leader. However, as their top prospects reach the Major League level and the Rangers continue building towards finally winning a World Series, there has been less and less room for Young in the every day lineup.
Should he join the Phillies, Young would become the team’s starting third baseman, adding to an already aging infield. Regardless of the fact that he’s 36, he still has plenty left in the tank, particularly at the plate.
Assuming Young has agreed to waive his no-trade rights and will go to Philly, it still becomes a matter of what will head back to Texas in the deal. Since the Rangers would also be paying at least half of his salary, the return could be pretty decent. But the Phillies would be filling an area of need, just like they did in centerfield when they acquired Ben Revere.
However, giving up even more of the farm to acquire a guy like Michael Young, who is in the twilight of his career, is still a curious strategy. It will be interesting to see how the rest of the Phillies’ offseason plays out, assuming they are able to pull this trade off by the end of the weekend.