ESPN.com sources confirm the Phillies have held “brief” discussions with the Rangers about trading for disgruntled infielder Michael Young, but that talks are “no longer active.” Beerleaguers started discussing the 34-year-old infielder earlier this week.
Reasons it makes sense: “He wants out of Texas (because he lost his third base job to Adrian Beltre and could loose DH at bats to Mike Napoli). He could probably be had for Joe Blanton, and we might even get Texas to pay enough of the salary to even out the books for 2011-12 (especially if Young demands a trade). He can play second, shortstop and third base, three positions in which our starters have had significant time on the DL in recent seasons. Even if everyone were to stay healthy, he could be a super utility man to give Placido Polanco, Rollins and especially Chase Utley some much needed time off. His presence would allow for a high quality pinch hitter - either himself or whoever he's starting for on any particular day (Rollins, Utley, Polanco and possibly Ibanez). His presence would benefit the team overall more than Blanton, considering the presence of Kyle Kendrick and Vance Worley.” – Will Schweitzer
Leverage in looming J-Roll negotiations? “Young is signed through 2013, which might give Ruben Amaro leverage in negotiations with Jimmy Rollins, especially if J-Roll repeats his 2009-10 performance. If push came to shove, it would make retaining Rollins a luxury instead of a necessity.” – Will Schweitzer
Why it doesn’t make sense: “Young has no place here. He wants to start and he won't here. I wouldn't sacrifice Polly's average for anything Young brings to the table. If he wants to be our new Brian Bocock, sure, all abroad, but I don't see that happening seeing as though he's a .300 career hitter and has too much pride to play third fiddle to Wilson Valdez.” – Emmett
Rollins reigns supreme: “Rollins is so much better defensively than Young it's not even close, and shortstop is still viewed among the smart people as primarily a defense position. Also, there's no way Rollins gets a raise to $16M/yr. No way. Why would you pay Young, a 2.1 WAR player $16M, when a 3.7 WAR player in Rollins can be had for a lot less? You won't need Young as leverage to re-sign Rollins, because he's worth more to the Phils than anybody else, similar to the Albert Pujols/Cards situation. IMHO Jimmy won't make more going elsewhere.”- awh
Notes: The Phillies are not included on Young’s list of eight acceptable trade destinations, according to ESPN. Their sources also believe the Rangers will try to smooth over their differences with Young in spring training. Young hit .284/.330/.444 with 21 homers in 718 plate appearances for the AL champs last season, but was lousy hitter away from Arlington, as he always is, hitting just .260/.299/.380 with five homers.