While taking my daily stroll around the web, reading columns and blog posts from some of baseball's top writers, I came across a post by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. He talked about the Phillies and the looming possibilities that the team could trade two of it's top pitchers, Cliff Lee and Johnathan Papelbon.
Heyman said that if there's anyone that's likely to be moved out of Philly, it could be Chase Utley or Michael Young. Now obviously Utley would never come up as a necessity in the minds of the Yankees brass, but Young might.
When I thought of the idea that the Yankees could use a player like Michael Young, it was an idea that my mind didn't, and still hasn't rejected. Young is having a relatively good season so far for the Phillies, batting .287 with four home runs and 18 RBI's. Not to mention that defense is always a plus with the 36-year old 3rd baseman.
Young is in the last year of his contract and the Yankees would only have to pay around the remaining $8 million left on his $16 million owed in 2013.
With the pitching surplus that the Yanks have been dealing with, it shouldn't cost a lot to acquire Young. Now I don't exactly know, at the moment, what the Phillies needs are, but giving up a pitcher like Joba, plus more, could sound like some fair compensation.
We don;t know if we'll actually see A-Rod play this year and we don't know if we'll ever see Kevin Youkilis again. David Adams, for the first couple weeks, was a good fit for the Yankees at third, but his production doesn't suggest he's the man to help lead a play-off run.
Adams hit safely in 10 of his first 11 games, but has since fallen dramatically. He's in the midst of a 4-for-45 slump over his last 15 games, and his batting average has dropped from .295 to .191.
If the Brain Cashman and the rest of the Yankees front office staff thinks that they will make a serious World Series run, then personally, trading up a the third base position is a must-do. Especially if your trading for a been there, done that type of player like Young is.