Since mid-July, nearly 99 percent of people in the city were calling for the Philadelphia Phillies to trade Michael Young. It made perfect sense. Young was going to be a free agent at the end of the year, and the Phillies weren’t going to re-sign him.
He was hitting at or around .280 and could still be an asset to a playoff contending team. And he wasn’t exactly someone fans would have been broken up about leaving.
In fact, with his successor ready to take the wings, there was no reason not to trade Young for anything in return. But, the third baseman had a no-trade clause and used it to his full advantage. By the time the Phillies did get serious about moving him with just under an hour left in the deadline, it was too late as his suitors had moved on.
Failing to move Young at the non-waiver deadline was bad, but not the end of the world. After all, the Phillies still had waivers, which they put Young on very quickly. They waited and waited, but nobody was biting on the 36-year-old veteran. His three previous suitors had all moved on for various reasons, and it looked like the Phillies would be stuck with him for the rest of the season.
But then in the 11th hour with just under 60 minutes until the deadline for players to be eligible to be included on a postseason roster, the Phillies announced a trade of Young to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for the left-handed minor league pitcher Rob Rasmussen, who has now been dealt three times since being drafted back in 2010.
The question of whether or not the Phillies could have gotten more for Young remains to be seen but honestly, it is doubtful most people will care. They at least got something for Young even if he may only be a fringe pitcher at best. For a while, it looked like Young would depart in free agency and the Phillies would leave empty-handed.