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Phillies closing in on deal for Michael Young
By Dayn Perry | Blogger
December 6, 2012 10:28 am ET
Word is, #phillies getting closer to agreement to get michael young. Belief is tex would need to pay $10M of his $16M
It's not surprising that the Rangers are going to have to pitch in cash to make this happen. However, considering Young's declining skills and manager Ron Washington's punishing over-reliance on him last season, it'll be worth it from Texas's standpoint, regardless of whom they get in return.
As for the Phillies, this would be a highly dubious addition. Young is a bad defender these days, and he's coming off perhaps his worst season at the plate. Can Young, at age 36, possibly rebound all that much? Probably not enough to make up for the runs he'll give up in the field and certainly not enough to justify regular duty against right-handed pitching. It's hard to understand what Phillies GM Ruben Amaro sees in him.
Of course, any trade involving Young will also require his approval, since he has 10-and-5 veto rights.