Eric Sogard‘s nerd power has been on full display since the All-Star break, but if there is one spot on the field that the Athletics could bolster, it would probably be the middle infield. Michael Young, the veteran infielder for the Philadelphia Phillies, has been connected to any number of contenders, and could prove to be the perfect fit for the Athletics.
Young is an accomplished hitter. The former UC Santa Barbara standout owns a flat .300 career average, and has tallied 2,330 hits over 14 seasons. The Athletics, of course, would be trading for the 36-year-old version of the Ranger’s all-time hit leader.
In 2013, Young is batting .277 with seven home runs and 18 doubles. So clearly he still has some pop left in his bat. Young has spent most of his time for the Phillies at third base, and has also appeared in a few games at first.
If the Athletics traded for Young, he’d likely play the most at second — a position he hasn’t even played in 2013, but it should be far from unfamiliar. Over the course of his career, Young has appeared in 446 games at second.
The veteran makes $16 million in 2013 as a five-year, $80 million deal he signed back in 2009 expires at season’s end. The Athletics would be on the hook for the remainder of that $16 million. That’s certainly not cheap, but it seems reasonable to bring in a proven veteran who can fill in at second, third, first and even DH.
The only downside to bringing in Young?
The seven-time All-Star actually struggles quite a bit against left-handers. After 92 at-bats, he’s currently posting a .217 average against lefties as opposed to a .297 average against right-handers (in 269 at-bats). So, Young might not be the most ideal of platoon partners for the righty-masher Sogard, but he still would offer a potent bat, defensive versatility and a bit of veteran pedigree to what is already a very talented club.