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: Cincinnati Reds interested in Michael Young of Philadelphia Phillies

The Cincinnati Reds need help in a variety of areas including hitting from third base and starting pitching help with so many impact players dealing with injuries.

It should then come as no surprise that the Reds are popping up in a variety of MLB trade rumors with the MLB trade deadline so close and Cincinnati’s needs so bountiful.

The most recent rumors comes from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports’ latest edition of  Full Count. Rosenthal says the Reds have interest in Michael Young of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Of course the Reds have interest in Young. Ryan Ludwick has not helped the team at all this year and the hitting has been inconsistent at best.

The problem for Cincinnati is simple—the Phillies don’t sound like a team ready to act as sellers on the open market. The staff believes they can still compete for something special this year without giving up major pieces.

Whether or not the Reds have enough to make Philadelphia think differently remains to be seen. Right now it’s a move that would help the Reds a lot, but does not make a lot of sense for the Phillies.


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  • metalhead65

    how does giving up what good prospects the reds have left for a rental in young help the reds? Frazier is having a down year no doubt but to give up on him so soon with nobody else in the system to replace him is not a good move in my opinion. he is not the only guy not hitting which says to me that there is something wrong with the coaching they are getting. Frazier and cozart both are constantly swinging at pitches outside and in the dirt. shouldn’t someone be working with them to correct it?

  • Che Guevara

    Frazier has hit everywhere previously, including last year in the bigs. Why not this year? Could it be his swing is too long, i.e., geared only to the fastball, and he does not adjust well on off-speed pitches? Whatever the reason, why can’t hitting coaches see the problem?

    • sgbaker

      I have asked this many times over the past four years. What useful purpose does Jacoby perform on the staff? He sure as heck does not coach the hitters as far as I can tell. Reds cannot afford another big salaried player. Phillips, Votto, and Bruce will burn down the stadium for another four years.

  • jeremy moore

    This article is terribly written

    Ludwick has been on the DL all year
    Frazier helped the team a lot in the first month of the year which is who I assume you were referring to.
    Though he has been inconsistent since.

    The Reds don’t need starting pitching help that much at all.

    Tony Cingrani has been filling in quite well for Cueto thus far.
    It is nice having a lefty in the rotation.
    Especially a rookie with good stuff. Other players don’t quite have his MO yet.

    Lastly I can definitely see Philly parting ways with Young.
    He’s a free agent after this season and Texas is still paying 10M of his final years salary.
    He isn’t exactly in his prime but can still hit and would be great to platoon with Frazier, who himself has never played an entire ML season as a starter.

  • Dave Mitchell

    Listen tonite for the Ohio Baseball Weekly Show on http://www.ultimatesportstalk.com at 9pm. Mark Donahue and I will discuss this possible maneuver by the Reds, and a possible trade with Miami for Giancarlo Stanton.

  • Donnie B

    Who does the Reds have that the Phillies would be interested with? The Yankees, Dodgers and Red Sox all want him… so what’s the Price? Highest bidder will get him.

    I know the prospects the other teams have, not familiar with the Reds system.
    We’d want an 8th inning set-up guy or a CF/RF type player. Maybe even 2B since Phillips is blocking anyone you may have ready.