For a while, it looked like the Texas Rangers might have the most interest in Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Michael Young. He was a locker room presence there and a sentimental favorite, but the Rangers have apparently cooled off over the last 24 hours.
Now, it appears the bidding war for the services of the versatile third baseman is down to two teams, the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles. The Phillies would have to have their socks knocked off to part with Young, and it appears the Red Sox have enough socks to do it, according to Nick Cafargo of the Boston Globe:
The Orioles want Young, but they aren’t apparently offering the Phillies what they feel Young is worth. The New York Yankees aren’t willing to part with much more than Joba Chamberlain for Young, and the Phillies want more than that.
The Phillies, who recently signed shortstop Jimmy Rollins to a three-year deal and are looking to part ways with 34-year-old Carlos Ruiz soon, are interested in a near-major-league-ready prospect at either catcher or shortstop, and it appears that the Red Sox have a couple of interesting pieces that would fit that part of the puzzle.
MLB.com’s top 100 prospect list includes eight Red Sox, among them Xander Bogaerts, who they promoted to Triple-A on June 13, and he’s hit .260 there through 29 games. Still, Bogaerts had superior numbers working his way up through the system, and ESPN ranked him as the No. 3 prospect in all of baseball mid-way through this season.
If the Red Sox think Young can help them get over the top in the AL East, they’ll have to part with that kind of prospect. It might be a price they are willing to pay.