Not done yet! Phils hoping Young to follow

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The Phillies haven't made any news this off-season, but they may be about to become very loud. After completing a deal for Ben Revere, reports have a deal for Michael Young done and awaiting his approval. With center field filled, what would the addition of Young mean for the Phillies?

The crickets around Citizens Bank Park are probably pretty tired of chirping this offseason. Soon enough, they can hibernate, because it appears that the Phillies are getting noisy.

Reports out of Nashville, where the Winter Meetings were held, have the Phillies and Rangers agreeing on a deal that would send Michael Young to the Phillies. The only fly in the ointment is that Young, who has ten-and-five rights and has to okay a deal, hasn't made a final decision on what he wants to do.

At 36, Young wouldn't exactly be part of any youth movement, but he would fit perfectly for what the Phillies need. He can play all four infield spots and the Rangers are reportedly okay with eating half of his $16-million salary for 2013, which is the last year of his contract. The potentially short duration in Philly would mean an opening for third base prospect Cody Asche if the Phillies deem him ready for the majors in 2014, but would also give the Phillies a chance at re-signing Young if Asche isn't ready or if they want to keep him around in another role.

While his power numbers have likely peaked - he hit a career-high 24 home runs in 2005 - Young has some pop in his bat that could be just enough in a lineup that already has Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and possibly, Darrin Ruf. Young is a career .301 hitter, but his .277 average was the lowest that he has hit since batting .262 in 2002. Even with his skills declining, Young would be a nice fit at third and provide some insurance should any of the other infielders go down with an injury.

Michael Young's career stats

Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG
2000 Texas 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
2001 Texas 106 386 57 96 18 4 11 49 3 1 26 91 .249 .298 .402
2002 Texas 156 573 77 150 26 8 9 62 6 7 41 112 .262 .308 .382
2003 Texas 160 666 106 204 33 9 14 72 13 2 36 103 .306 .339 .446
2004 Texas 160 690 114 216 33 9 22 99 12 3 44 89 .313 .353 .483
2005 Texas 159 668 114 221 40 5 24 91 5 2 58 91 .331 .385 .513
2006 Texas 162 691 93 217 52 3 14 103 7 3 48 96 .314 .356 .459
2007 Texas 156 639 80 201 37 1 9 94 13 3 47 107 .315 .366 .418
2008 Texas 155 645 102 183 36 2 12 82 10 0 55 109 .284 .339 .402
2009 Texas 135 541 76 174 36 2 22 68 8 3 47 90 .322 .374 .518
2010 Texas 157 656 99 186 36 3 21 91 4 2 50 115 .284 .330 .444
2011 Texas 159 631 88 213 41 6 11 106 6 2 47 78 .338 .380 .474
2012 Texas 156 611 79 169 27 3 8 67 2 2 33 70 .277 .312 .370
13 Years 1823 7399 1085 2230 415 55 177 984 89 30 532 1152 .301 .347 .444
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/6/2012.


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