Just when the trade rumors for the Philadelphia Phillies died down, they are starting up again.
Michael Young was removed from the starting lineup the Phillies’ afternoon game against the visiting Chicago Cubs on Thursday. That, combined with a report from Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, fueled speculation that Young might need the afternoon to pack his bags.
Rosenthal reported that Young has cleared waivers on Thursday, enabling the Phillies to trade him to any team. Previously, Young has said that he would only be traded to the Texas Rangers or the Boston Red Sox, but maybe he has been talked into going to another team.
Interestingly enough, Young was in the starting lineup released in mid-morning by Charlie Manuel. By noon, he was scratched in favor of Kevin Frandsen.
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said that although teams were interested in Young at the deadline, the team “didn’t feel that what [they] would get would be sufficient in return” and decided the best option was to keep him.
With Ryan Howard’s injury, Young has been mostly playing first base. Frandsen goes to third against left-handed pitching and rookie Cody Asche, called up recently from Triple-A Lehigh Valley (Pa.), plays third base against right-handed pitching. Asche was called up the day before the July 31 deadline.
Young said at the MLB trade deadline that he knew a trade through waivers remained a possibility. Young, 36, is batting .276 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs in his first season with the Phillies, who traded with Texas to acquire him last offseason.