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If the Rangers send over that $10 million, this sounds pretty good for the Phillies in theory.
Young’s numbers have slipped because he can’t hit RHP anymore. Ryan Howard’s numbers have slipped because he can’t hit LHP anymore. Some sort of time-sharing agreement could potentially be arranged under which, for the price of a single overpaid first baseman, they get not only a first baseman who can hit RHP (Ryan Howard) but also a first baseman who can hit LHP (Michael Young).
Young’s numbers have slipped because he can’t hit RHP anymore.
To say Young is a terrible defensive 3B is an overstatement. He's below average, but from the eye test he doesn't look horrible, and the stats from Fangraphs (except for last year's small sample) show him a few runs below average per year by UZR, FSR, and TZ.
Young is one year removed from a 338/380/474, 125 OPS+ season. His walks and doubles fell seriously last year, but CBP is a pretty favorable hitters' park. Split the difference and 300/340/420 sounds plausible.
The deal gives Young an opportunity to play more and it gives the Rangers another bullpen candidate.
Young could definitely hit .300 next year, even in Philadelphia, though his power is likely gone for good, and his OBP will not be high for a .300 hitter; but unless he's physically mangled in some way, it's fair to conclude that 2012 was just an off year and he'll be back to his high-empty-BA style. I am happy for him: despite something of an image as a whiner, he always plays hard and keeps himself in shape; a real pro. And like the other Rangers fans here, I cringe to think of him playing any position except DH or PH. He was never much of a fielder, and in recent years he has had the range and hands of a Golem.
And I am happy that things open up a little for the Rangers' prospects. I reckon they were fixing to open up whether Young was traded or not, but Young wouldn't have been contributing much from the bench waiting to get pinch hits every fourth or fifth time they sent him up. The move provides the versatility they only thought they were getting from Young (see #16).
There's some sort of Pete Rose/Michael Young analogy to be made...
I heard that it was for the income tax differential, but since PA's income tax is 3.07%, that's not true.
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