The Philadelphia Phillies did not make any moves at the trade deadline. Many thought they were going to trade third baseman Michael Young, but he remained in a Phillies uniform. Today it was announced that he had cleared waivers and is eligible to be traded at any time. He has a no trade clause in his contract, meaning he will be able to in a way choose what team he is dealt to. Many teams making a playoff push will want a player like Young.
Young is one of the best hitters for the Phillies this season. He is batting .276 which is one of the highest averages in the lineup as he has 391 at bats with 108 hits. Young has had 36 RBI along with eight home runs, and he has had no trouble finding a way to get on base which is an important aspect for any team.
If Young is traded the Phillies will be able to manage although it will be a loss. They have brought up Cody Asche from the minor leagues, but he still has to find his place here in the Major Leagues. He has had 21 at bats and is only hitting .143. He only has managed to get three hits. If he is going to be the third baseman of the future, which seems likely with Young potentially leaving, then he has to step it up.
Young was in the original lineup in the Phillies afternoon game today. He was scratched last minute which made it seem as if a trade was going to happen. It came out minutes later that he as a tight hamstring.
In my opinion Young will be traded before the end of the season. He is a great all-around player and could no doubt help a team in the playoffs. He deserves to get there as he probably does not have many years left in him. It will be fun to see where he ends up.