Apparently, something is up with the Philadelphia Phillies and third baseman Michael Young.
Over the past few weeks, Young said he would steadfastly refuse to waive his no-trade clause except for the Texas Rangers. Now, at least sometimes this morning on the final day of the MLB trade deadline, Young has relented and said he would go to another team, the Boston Red Sox, according to FoxSports’ Ken Rosenthal:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 31, 2013
Good for him and the Phillies, who promoted third-baseman-of-the-future Cody Asche yesterday. Asche drove all night from Pawtucket (R.I.) to make it to Philadelphia for the Tuesday-night game against the San Francisco Giants and Phils’ manager Charlie Manuel held him out of the lineup because of that six-hour drive and because he wanted to give Asche (pronounced ASH-EE, not ASH) a chance to acclimate himself to his new teammates.
That said, Manuel promised that he would be in the starting lineup tonight against the Giants, whether or not Young was still on the team. Maybe Young saw the handwriting on the wall, but Young’s insistence that he would only be traded to Texas “because I have family there” seems odd because he was playing in Philadelphia. What is the difference between playing in Philadelphia or either Boston or New York when your family is in Texas?
It’s not like Philadelphia is a lot closer to Texas that either of those two towns and maybe Asche’s arrival combined with that logic finally led to his change of heart.