When the Philadelphia Phillies were defeated by the Atlanta Braves on July 6 by a score of 13-4 and Ryan Howard was placed on DL, it may very well have been the final death knell for a team that is on the fence about being buyers or sellers come the trade deadline on July 31.
The Phillies lack a clear vision and a defined identity. So being sellers at the deadline could make sense.
Overall, Amaro is really going to have to consider more than just this season but the future as well, and while Chase Utley‘s name has been thrown around and very well could be traded, the more likely player who will be gone before July’s end is Michael Young.
On the season, Young hasn’t really done anything surprising or spectacular, but he has been what the Phillies expected when they signed him to a one-year deal. With a .283 average, Young is a contact hitter and has 14 doubles and 34 runs scored as well. However, he really needs to stop hitting into so many double plays.
But despite that, two AL East teams are noted to have interest in Young. Both the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox have reportedly made Young one of their trade targets. Expected to continue to battle each other for a top standing in their division, both teams have found themselves with a need at third base, one that Young could be the perfect candidate to fill.
For the Phillies, trading Young actually makes a lot of sense.
Not only does the team get a prospect or two back from a player who likely would have departed as a free agent at the end of the season anyway, but it also gives them a chance to promote Cesar Hernandez, who is hitting .306 with 39 runs, 24 RBIs and 26 stolen bases at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
And considering the rise of Maikel Franco as well, Young is just preventing one of these deserving young infielders from getting a full time shot in the majors. At this point in the season, whether the Phillies are contenders or not, trading Young is the right thing to do.