Jul 11, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Michael Young (10) throws to first base during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Nationals 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors: Heavy Interest in Michael Young May Force Phillies’ Hand

The Philadelphia Philles told themselves they would be buyers, not sellers on the MLB trade market, especially after a decent finish heading into the break (albeit, one marred with injuries).

That’s about to change.

Michael Young is a name the Phillies have never had any intention of dealing, but the serious attention he is gaining from other teams may force the team to make a move according to  Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:

The demand for Young is rising in part because of the shortage of quality right-handed hitters on the trade market. The Phillies, however, have no obvious internal replacement for Young, particularly if they plan to overtake the Braves in the National League East.

That goal remains within reach, despite recent injuries to first baseman Ryan Howard, who is out six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery on his left knee, and center fielder Ben Revere, who also is out six to eight weeks after breaking his right foot.

Young is a great commodity to have, but if the team is able to continue upping the bidding war apparently taking place, then moving him is probably in the team’s best interest.

Letting go of a talent like Young is never a simple task, but right now it seems teams would almost be willing to overpay to rip him away from Philadelphia.

Sometimes the unattractive move is the one that puts a team over the top.


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  • Carmen Nepa

    If I were the Phillies I would pack his bag and drive him to the first team that offered a real outfielder and a reliever.

  • PDA

    Trade him. The Phils have Frandsen who can play 3rd (hit over .300 the 2nd half of last season when the Phils played 14 games above .500). Get a bullpen arm and an outfield prospect.