Michael Young was a stop-gap option for the Philadelphia Phillies this season. As the divide between realistic playoff possibilities and the July 31 trade deadline becomes more apparent by the day, it’s a very safe bet that this 14-year veteran will be traded.
The 16-1 demolition of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night happened because everybody hit like it was 2007, 2008 or 2009. Young led off that night, went 4-6, hit a home run and knocked in two runs.
General manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. hoped the former Texas Rangers‘ icon would improve his team’s offensive output this season. While Young is hitting .287 and has a respectable .753 OPS, his five home runs and 21 RBI’s don’t look that great. However, the 36-year-old’s numerous batting order slots and the mediocre production of his surrounding lineup colleagues surely have limited many production opportunities.
Freddy Galvis was recently sent to the Triple-A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs to ‘warm-up’ for his return to the team. Galvis, who is playing shortstop full-time on the farm, should takeover for whichever infielder (Young, Chase Utley or Jimmy Rollins) is traded first this summer.
Third base prospect Cody Asche (Triple-A) could be given a chance to play at Citizens Bank Park as soon as this September. Emerging Double-A third base prospect Maikel Franco has performed so well during this baseball year, after initially starting in Single-A, that he’s pushed his way into the future major league picture as well.
With expected American League-based whispers starting to be heard, it’s imperative that Amaro doesn’t wait too long to make his best deal. Doing so would prevent any potential injury issues from affecting (or stopping) whatever modest return can be obtained.