Michael Young Could Be the Phillies Next Third Baseman (If He Wants To)

Michael Young Could Be the Phillies Next Third Baseman (If He Wants To)

If you were hoping to get excited about the 2013 Phillies by their first big offseason move, you may be waiting quite a while.

After word hit the Internet that talks between the Rangers and Phillies were "advanced" last night, CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury says this morning that the decision now lays in Michael Young's hands whether he wants to be a Phillie or not. Young has a no-trade clause.

According to Jon Heyman, the Rangers would eat about $10 million of Young's salary.

If you were hoping to get excited about the potential deal, don't read Beerleaguer this morning, who writes:

Young was really, really, really bad last year. Out of 143 qualifying
major-leaguers, he was 125th in OPS. He hit .257/.291/.352 against
righties. He had 27 doubles and grounded into 26 double plays.

If you were counting, that was three "really"s before "bad."

Kinda hoping Young doesn't want to come to Philly, but that said, I'm still not sure who else is going to play third base next season...

UPDATE: High Cheese tries to make us all feel a bit better about the potential move, assuming it's cheap-ish salary-wise and doesn't take much in terms of talent given up:

But the Phillies have to diversify their offensive options at
the position. Even in the worst year of his career, Young's numbers
still dwarfed the ones Galvis posted as a rookie second baseman: Batting
average (Young .277, Galvis .226), On Base Percentage (Young .312,
Galvis .254), Slugging percentage (Young .370, Galvis .363). And while
Young hit just .257/.291/.352 against right-handed pitching, Galvis hit
just .208/.231/.331.

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

Today's Lineup: Andres Blanco in, Maikel Franco out after HBP last night

After being hit on the wrist by a pitch in Friday's win (see story), Maikel Franco will not play today. Instead, Andres Blanco will take his place, hitting third in the lineup. Blanco was 2 for 2 replacing Franco in the third inning on Friday, with an RBI and a run scored. 

Blanco has been reliable when called upon this season, hitting .264 with a .317 OBP in mostly a utility role.

Other than that, the lineup remains the same as Friday.

Peter Bourjos will leadoff after going 0 for 5 last night, followed by Odubel Herrara. After an All-Star first half, Herrara has hit .211 in July, but seemed to get back on track with three hits on Friday, while scoring two runs. 

After a brutal stretch of games and an extended All-Star break, Aaron Nola returned to form vs. the Marlins last week, tossing six shutout innings. Nola again looks to prove the doubters wrong again today vs. the Pirates, who he has never faced in his brief career. 

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Peter Bourjos RF
2. Odubel Herrera CF
3. Andres Blanco 3B
4. Tommy Joseph 1B
5. Cameron Rupp C
6. Cody Asche LF
7. Freddy Galvis SS
8. Cesar Hernandez 2B
9. Aaron Nola P

 

Yeah, Joel Embiid is healthy

Yeah, Joel Embiid is healthy

Have any doubts about Joel Embiid's health?

Well take a look at this. 

Working on rips into quick spins with the brodie @joelembiid! #100skills100days #unseenhours @adidashoops

A video posted by Drew Hanlen (@drewhanlen) on

How about now?

Of course, this isn't live NBA action, and it is against 5-11 Drew Hanlen, a skills coach and consultant, but it's impressive nonetheless.

 

Charles Barkley: Sixers can be 'really good, really quickly'

Charles Barkley: Sixers can be 'really good, really quickly'

Charles Barkley is jumping on the Sixers bandwagon.

"I think the Sixers gonna get really good, really quickly, but it all depends on (Joel) Embiid," Barkley said. "They're not gonna win a championship the next couple years, but I think they can really become a perrenial playoff team in the next three years."

Sounds good, right? Not so fast. There are a lot of "ifs" according to Barkley. 

Most of those "ifs" ride on the health of center Joel Embiid. If the big man gets healthy, and the Sixers can resolve the "glutton of big guys," Barkley likes the Sixers chances.

"I think the most important thing they need to figure out is if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy. ... I like (Jahlil) Okafor and I like (Nerlens) Noel, but they gotta figure out if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy. 

"I like Ben Simmons, but that team's got a long way to go," Barkley said.

To hear more of Barkley's thoughts on the Sixers' future, watch the full video above.