At age 37 and coming off a season that ended in a bench role for the Los Angeles Dodgers, infielder Michael Young still wants a shot to play everyday. While he still has the ability to hit for average and get on base (.279/.335/.395 in 2013), the limitations of the rest of his game make it likely that he will be forced to settle for a reserve role with his new team.
One team that might be able to offer Young the chance to start is the Milwaukee Brewers. Ken Rosenthal had the report for Fox Sports:
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 19, 2013
Tom Haudricourt writes the following for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the team’s interest:
What gives credence to this report is the former relationship Young had with Brewers GM Doug Melvin and coaches Jerry and Johnny Narron when they all were in Texas with the Rangers. Young, who has played second base and third base mostly during his career, was a former star with the Rangers who split the 2013 season with Philadelphia and the Dodgers.
If nothing else, Young’s durability would lend itself nicely to the role. He has played no fewer than 135 games dating back to 2002. 2002! The problem is, there might actually be nothing else that Young offers that the Brewers could not find elsewhere, especially due to his lack of power.
Teams interested in Young as a bench player include the Dodgers and Colorado Rockies.