Heading into the trade deadline, most people assumed that the Phillies would be sellers at the trade deadline. However, despite a 45-46 record, they are inching their way closer to the top of the National League East. The Braves lead the division with an impressive record of 52-39, followed by Washington at 46-44. However, they must feel like they’ve got a chance, because Ruben Amaro Jr has apparently indicated to rival executives that the Phillies will be buyers at the trade deadline.
This is bad news for teams who were hoping to trade for one of the Phillies’ veteran players. Cliff Lee, Jonathan Papelbon, and Chase Utley were seen as top targets at the deadline. However, if the Phillies are buyers, these names will be taken off of the market. However, according to Buster Olney (who also broke the news that the Phillies would wish to be buyers at the deadline) has stated that Amaro seems to be quite interested in moving third baseman Michael Young.
Young is having a bounceback season from his disastrous 2012 campaign, hitting .289/.347/.415 with 6 homers on the season. The Red Sox could be a potential landing spot for Young given the disappointing season from Will Middlebrooks. However, Young’s defense could be a problem.