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Young makes sense in the hunt for right-handed help

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jun 29, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

A right-handed infielder is arguably the Yankees most glaring need, and there are two names to keep an eye on.

According to the New York Post, the Yankees have shown interest in Phillies third baseman Michael Young. Not so long ago Young was a bottom-of-the-ballot MVP candidate, but these days he’s more of a solid regular with a .289/.348/.412 slash line. He can play either infield corner — plus second or short in a pinch — and he’s a free agent at the end of the season. As always, his viability really depends on the asking price, which depends on the Phillies deciding whether they want to sell.

The most nearly available in-house option seems to be Eduardo Nunez, who had a single, a walk and a stolen base while rehabbing with High-A Tampa last night. He’s still in the early stages of game action and played just three innings. Nunez was hitting just .200/.290/.275 before landing on the disabled list, but he would seem to be a better option than Alberto Gonzalez. Nunez is eligible to come off the DL on July 5, which is next Friday.

 
 

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54 Responses to “Young makes sense in the hunt for right-handed help”

  1. jacksquat June 29th, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    They could get Young for 3B, Konerko for 1B (vs lhp).

  2. jacksquat June 29th, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    I wouldn’t trade good prospects for them though.

  3. tucker June 29th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Young is a nice, solid bat, but he won’t bridge the offensive gap this team faces. They need more than a .280-.290 hitting corner infielder with limited power.

    Would rather see the Yanks shift to sell mode to start the inevitable rebuilding. Every contract-year veteran should be on the block, including Cano. I’d hate to see them give Cano a $180 million contract only to later use that contract as an excuse for not taking on more money when Cano’s inevitable decline begins.

  4. ron June 29th, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Get nunez,arod,granderson back,then trade for a 3b,and 1b,if possible,unless arod is close to returning,then just get a 1b.Jeter just as important.
    I like young,especially because he can play 1b when,and if arod returns.I’m not giving up a lot to get him though.No phelps,nova,banuelos,warren,ramirez,depaula,williams,sanchez,austin.I’d do an adams,heathcott,joba,logan.Some combination.
    Hell,i’d even through in arod if they ate most of his salary.

  5. Madrugador June 29th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Why would anyone want to throw youth at age? I already know Hughes is not going to be a Yankee next year. Trade Hughes for Young straight up.

  6. Against All Odds June 29th, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    start the inevitable rebuilding

    ——————-

    Not going to happen not with this fan base and front office.

  7. Nick in SF June 29th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Don’t give up now, we’re proud of who you are!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No1UKN-SKlg

  8. ron June 29th, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I’m not so sure hughes won’t be back.
    The Yankees will have some money too spend.
    3/27-30,you have too do it.

  9. blake June 29th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Young might would make the offense to from being terrible to slightly less terrible……I can’t see him making any more than a negligible difference to be honest.

    I’m not really against trading for him if they don’t have to pay much…..I just don’t think it would make a difference in the end result for this team.

    I don’t trust the ownership right now to authorize what needs to be done…..

  10. dan l June 29th, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    Young is a waste of time…blow this team up as trade everything you can…clean house starting with Cashman and his flunky Girardi…and do forget that pathetic team president Levine too…just get rid of the past and move forward….PLEASE!

  11. sammiejohnson June 29th, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Madrugador June 29th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Why would anyone want to throw youth at age? I already know Hughes is not going to be a Yankee next year. Trade Hughes for Young straight up.

    ____________________________________

    If the Phillies are going to be “sellers” at the TDL and trade Young, why would they want a two month rental of Phil Hughes?

  12. Nick in SF June 29th, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    My sources tell me that Levine is advising against firing Levine, so I wouldn’t get your hopes up.

  13. ron June 29th, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    If you add youg,and get nunez,jeter,arod,granderson back,young can make a difference.
    If you look at it as only young,right now,it does seem pointless,but it is about one piece at a time,including our dl’d players.
    Bottom line,3b,and 1b are real problems,and have too be addressed.
    You can’t sit still if you are willing to spend,and trade.

  14. 86w183 June 29th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I wouldn’t throw a temper tantrum over the Yanks deciding to be a seller and speed the transition, but it seems a little early. I definitely do not want to see a bat picked up at significant cost. That would have been okay in first place, but not 5 1/2 games back.

    Still, Cano, Hughes, Kuroda, Logan and Granderson if healthy could have significant value to another team and bring back some quality young talent.

    One way or the other 2014 is going to be built around Alex (probably), Jeter, Gardner, Ichiro and Wells as far as position players are concerned.

  15. tucker June 29th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    “Not going to happen not with this fan base and front office.”

    I don’t think the organization or fanbase has a choice. The attendance and ratings already have dropped significantly. The fans have already spoken. They don’t like the current approach. And Most prime offensive players are no longer available in free agency, so the Yanks can’t even buy their way out of this mess.

  16. blake June 29th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    “One way or the other 2014 is going to be built around Alex (probably), Jeter, Gardner, Ichiro and Wells as far as position players are concerned.”

    And cano on a terrible contract…..when all these 39 year olds get healthy they will be fine.

  17. Ys Guy June 29th, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    if jeter make it back to the yankees, great. if he can be an everyday player, even better.
    if he can be a major contributor, even better than that.
    planning around any of that to happen is nuts.

  18. Madrugador June 29th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Ron
    With Pineda to come off the DL, finally, Warren looking like Phelps did last year, Nova still showing the possibility that he might be super and Nuno tooling around at AAA, there is no room for fly-ball Phil.

    Sammiejohnson
    Why would anyone want a two month rental of Young?

  19. blake June 29th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    “And Most prime offensive players are no longer available in free agency, so the Yanks can’t even buy their way out of this mess.”

    It’s been trending this way for several years…..revenue sharing and the new ballparks has allowed most all teams to pay to keep their guys.

  20. sammiejohnson June 29th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Madrugador June 29th, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Sammiejohnson
    Why would anyone want a two month rental of Young?

    ______________________________________

    Because they need a RH bat and are trying to contend this season. On the other hand if the Phillies are sellers at the TDL it pretty much means they have punted this season and have absolutely no use for rental players. They would trade Young, but only for something that would help them next year or beyond.

  21. Tar June 29th, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    “I don’t think the organization or fanbase has a choice. The attendance and ratings already have dropped significantly. The fans have already spoken. They don’t like the current approach. And Most prime offensive players are no longer available in free agency, so the Yanks can’t even buy their way out of this mess.”

    I agree, at this point it’s more than likely too late to scrap 189 anyway ( at least for this year).

    If Alex, Jeet and Grandy come back and are raking than you look for that Justice type trade. Otherwise sell sell sell, and shoot for 2015.

  22. Frankg June 29th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Konerko has back problems now. The Yankees should get Young, if it doesn’t cost them any prospects. He can platoon with Overbay, DH, and possibly be the regular third baseman if Alex doesn’t make it back, and if he does, he can fill in for Alex to give him a rest. He knows the AL and may be able to do better here than in the NL.

  23. dan l June 29th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    17 and 23 since May 1st…this team can not win…there are no quick fixes…trade everything you can starting with Cano, Gardner, Joba, Logan, Hughes, Kuroda, Robertson etc… Would the Tigers want Robertson for their pen? Dodgers could they use Cano and Hughes? Could the Rangers use Cano? The Giants and their big ballpark be a good place for Hughes? Atlanta could they take Logan back? There are trades to be made for young talent so bring in Jim Hendry as the gm and start the rebuild!

  24. dan l June 29th, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    since May 15th not the first…

  25. tbone1570 June 29th, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    tucker June 29th, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I don’t think the organization or fanbase has a choice. The attendance and ratings already have dropped significantly.

    ——————————————————-

    The ratings are not important. YES Network as the broadcasting right through 2042 at a predetermined cost and three years from now New Corp will own 80% of the YES Network. That revenue stream is already money in the bank for the team.

  26. Rich in NJ June 29th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    If they are giving up anything young of real value for Young, it makes no sense.

  27. Shame Spencer June 29th, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    I really don’t see why ‘what the fan base wants’ has anything to do with their decision making. The fan base wasn’t looking for the team to cut like $40 million in salary expenditures for 2014 but by all accounts they’ve done everything they can to set themselves up to get there. The fan base wasn’t asking the team to limit themselves to one year deal for aging players. The fan base certainly cannot be satisfied by the construction of this team. Why is it that the fan bases opinion only matters when it’s convenient for the Yankees decision makers (ie: “Well the fans said they didn’t like home runs…”)?

  28. Rich in NJ June 29th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    “Why is it that the fan bases opinion only matters when it’s convenient for the Yankees decision makers (ie: “Well the fans said they didn’t like home runs…”)?”

    That’s the way self-serving people think.

  29. Shame Spencer June 29th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    If the Yankees want to blow up this team, they can.. but they need to be willing to make bold decisions and see them through.

    I don’t think the team needs to be blown up, personally.. but this idea that we can’t move to play more young guys because of the fan base is ridiculous. The fan base is barely paying attention to this team. In another month, they’ll be gearing up for football season. The Yankees have never had so little to lose by way of fan opinion.

  30. Dill Pickler June 29th, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    tucker June 29th, 2013 at 1:45 pm
    Young is a nice, solid bat, but he won’t bridge the offensive gap this team faces. They need more than a .280-.290 hitting corner infielder with limited power.

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    I don’t think anyone’s advocating JUST getting Young. He’s a piece, and a good fit for what they need. (He would actually immediately become the lineup’s best righthanded bat). Add a Kendrys Morales, and perhaps a right-handed corner outfield bat, and then you have an actual lineup that can compete against lefties.

    As for those who advocate waiting until Jeter and ARod and Grandy all get back and seeing how they’re doing before making any moves, you might as well just bag the season. You’re looking at another month before ARod and Jeter are playing games, at least, if then. The Yanks will likely be out of the race by then with the current replacement-level lineup. They are 15-21 in their last 36 games. That’s .400 baseball.

    Young is a rental, he’s not going to cost much in $$ or prospects. They should make this happen, and the sooner the better. It’s a great start.

  31. Shame Spencer June 29th, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Rich – It makes no sense, IMO.

  32. tucker June 29th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    “The ratings are not important. YES Network as the broadcasting right through 2042 at a predetermined cost and three years from now New Corp will own 80% of the YES Network. That revenue stream is already money in the bank for the team.”

    In light of the other regional cable deals being hatched in Southern California, the Yanks may have sold themselves short on the Yes deal.

    The Yanks may have been Goldman Sachs-Ed.

  33. Nick in SF June 29th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    If the Yankees can add Michael Young to this roster and subtract Thomas Neal’s tweets from the column on the right side of this page, how does that not improve both the team and our lives?

  34. Rich in NJ June 29th, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Shame

    They don’t appear to have a long-term plan, other than putting enough quality players on the field to give them a chance to make the playoffs, but not making the hard choices, at least in recent years, to be the best team their resources can possibly yield. So it’s profits over product, imo.

    (I agree with Nick, btw, that Neal’s tweets are a bore.)

  35. Jerkface June 29th, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Young is terrible at third and not that good a bat, so I would not trade for him unless he was near free.

  36. Shame Spencer June 29th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Nick – I can’t disagree!

    I thought Young would have been a good fit last off season. I could see him as a decent rental for the remainder of the year, but they’d need to make another move.

  37. blake June 29th, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    @JonHeymanCBS: from yest: w/ #ARod not ready, yanks eye trade market for 3B. A-Ram “too pricey.” m. young maybe? http://t.co/I41z8bQWkN

    The prices make me want to run and cry

  38. blake June 29th, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    @McCulloughSL: The Yankees’ position players rank 25th in the majors in WAR, according to FanGraphs. As a group, they’ve been worth 4.2 WAR.

    All that is Cano and Gardner…..the rest are negative WAR

  39. pkyankfan69 June 29th, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    If the Mets score 1 more run this afternoon they will have scored the same # as the Yankees in 2 less games… Ouch!

  40. GregD June 29th, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I am with others on this board who don’t want the Yanks to trade good prospects for two month rentals…..please don’t do this

  41. Against All Odds June 29th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    The prices make me want to run and cry

    —————

    Did Cash really say that

  42. Hans Davenport June 29th, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Jerkface June 29th, 2013 at 3:04 pm
    Young is terrible at third and not that good a bat, so I would not trade for him unless he was near free.

    Couldn’t agree more. Add in that he is on the wrong side of 35 years old and coming off a bad year.

  43. Hans Davenport June 29th, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Rich in NJ June 29th, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    That’s the way self-serving people think.

    Excellent point.

  44. Against All Odds June 29th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    tucker June 29th, 2013 at 2:09 pm
    “Not going to happen not with this fan base and front office.”

    I don’t think the organization or fanbase has a choice. The attendance and ratings already have dropped significantly. The fans have already spoken. They don’t like the current approach. And Most prime offensive players are no longer available in free agency, so the Yanks can’t even buy their way out of this mess.

    ———————–

    True but they don’t want the ratings and attendance to tank completely. I’m in favor of getting younger and seeing young players but the Yankees know the fans, media, and even those in the FO would go ape ish if they went into a full rebuild.

    Yes the fans have been lukewarm on this team but they would ignore a young team unless it is performing well.

  45. blake June 29th, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    “Did Cash really say that”

    He said that last year but he says something like that every year

  46. Shame Spencer June 29th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    @RogRubin Alex Rodriguez on if his relationship with NYY is still all right: “Absolutely. Ready to get back on the field. All’s good.”

    @DanMartin_Post: Arod said he can’t wait to get back. Thinks he’s “on schedule” but wouldn’t say what sked is.”

  47. Run it Out June 29th, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Yankees are in a tough spot this trade deadline. IMO the only pitching that will bring you some significant piece back is cost controlled pitching that you don’t want to get rid of. Because they are rentals, Hughes and Chamberlain will not bring anything significant or near ML ready. That said, if a team really wants one of those guys going forward and was offered a 10 day negotiating window it could bring a little more quality.

  48. Dill Pickler June 29th, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Hans Davenport June 29th, 2013 at 3:31 pm
    Jerkface June 29th, 2013 at 3:04 pm
    Young is terrible at third and not that good a bat, so I would not trade for him unless he was near free.

    Couldn’t agree more. Add in that he is on the wrong side of 35 years old and coming off a bad year.

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    “Not that good a bat”? He’s hitting .289 with an OBP of .348, with 13 doubles, 3 triples and 5 home runs, and he’s a career .301 hitter. Not Miguel Cabrera but certainly a LOT better than anything we have right now that bats right-handed. It’s not even close. And why would anyone care that “he’s coming off a bad year” when clearly he’s bounced back and is hitting pretty well this year. True, he’s 36 and not in his prime any more, but we’re not talking about signing the guy to a long-term deal, we’re talking about a 3-month rental that fits what we need and would come cheap.

  49. Nick in SF June 29th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    “the rest are negative WAR”

    So we’d be better off trading all of them for a single WAR-neutral injured pitcher? ;)

  50. sar515 June 29th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Has anyone mentioned Ruiz at Scranton?
    Sure he’s 36…has a PED background…But he’s a “big hairy” guy who is batting .321…and can walk into a few?

  51. J. Alfred Prufrock June 29th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    Why do I feel they are
    On the Verge of doing something that I will not like…

  52. Hans Davenport June 29th, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock June 29th, 2013 at 4:02 pm
    Why do I feel they are
    On the Verge of doing something that I will not like

    Because at most of these blogs where the writers hang out with the team the writers sell ideas the front office are floating. This looks like one of those times. Plus, the Yankees never underpay, or pay the going rate in any deal. They will overpay no matter what.

  53. berniebaseball June 29th, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    Boston wants Young to replace Middlebrooks. That probably means that the Phillies will hold out until they get a prospect from us or them. Not worth it for us. There are too many unknowns this season for the yanks to not get something for what value they have. Enjoyable first month of the season, but please be realistic. Old guys coming off severe injuries/surgeries are unlikely to win us a championship. And ownership not willing to take on salaries past this season doesn’t help. Do the right thing yankees. The fans will accept it if they see a smart approach for the future.

  54. Dill Pickler June 29th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    “Old guys coming off severe injuries/surgeries are unlikely to win us a championship. ”

    Agreed. Which is why they need help. ARod, Jeter and Granderson are not going to win us a championship by themselves, even with Cano and Gardner helping. But add a couple of good right-handed bats and they just might.


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