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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Oh, To Be Young...Again...

Michael Young at bat for the Texas Rangers,
already looking good in red and white

Ok,so the Phils have made another move this week and have FINALLY acquired Michael Young from Texas. 

Young is a player who has been talked about in trade winds for the past three off seasons.  The Rangers have always seemed to have one or two too many quality infielders, but something always happened in spring training and Young has gotten regular playing time each year.

He's now 36 years old and had a "down season" but it wasn't a disaster.  Young still hit .277 which would put him among the leaders of the Phillies regulars last year.

In Young, you get a professional hitter.  You get a guy who knows how to play the game. Ok, so he's not going to remind you of Brooks Robinson at third, but he's also not Ty Wigginton either.

What did you give up to get Young?  Well, that could be the problem in a couple of years. 

Lisalverto Bonilla is a guy with a huge arm who will likely start the season in AA after ending last year there.  But look for the Rangers to fast track him to possibly be their closer in a year or two.

Josh Lindblom was acquired last year in the Shane Victorino deal and apparently didn't overwhelm the Phillies' brass with his performance the second half of last season.  Still, Lindblom projects to be a very solid reliever....which is something that Phils have seemed to need a great deal.

With the pickings at third base slim, and the thought of another injury plagued year with Polanco (and Frandson filling in) making me ill, I'll take the chance with Young and see what happens.

There ya approved by me.