Will Middlebrooks’ struggles and subsequent demotion may have the Red Sox looking outside the organization for help.
The Red Sox would be very interested in acquiring Michael Young if the Phillies place the veteran third baseman on the trading block, according to the New York Post.
An industry source reportedly said that the Red Sox “want him badly,” in reference to Young, who is a 14-year veteran with seven All-Star selections to his credit. The Yankees reportedly could also be a fit for Young.
Young is in the midst of his first season in Philadelphia after spending his first 13 seasons in Texas. He is hitting .289 with five home runs and 21 RBIs in 74 games this year, and he is a career .301 hitter. Young won a batting title in 2005, and he led the AL in hits in both 2005 and 2011.
Young is making $16 million this season, although the Rangers are picking up $13 million of that salary. The 36-year-old, who also has experience at second base, shortstop and first base, is slated to become a free agent after this season.
It’s unknown if the Phillies are considering placing Young on the trading block at this time.