King: Yankees interested in Michael YoungBy
Via George King: There are indications the Yankees have interest in acquiring infielder Michael Young from the Phillies. The Red Sox are said to be “very interested” as well. Earlier this week we heard the Yankees have “kicked around” the idea of acquiring another Phillie, catcher Carlos Ruiz, but it’s unclear if Philadelphia is ready to start selling off players as they toil in third place in the NL East.
Young, 36, is hitting .289/.348/.412 (110 wRC+) with five homers this year, which would instantly make him New York’s best right-handed hitter. He’s playing third base full-time and he has experience at all four infield spots, though he is a dreadful defensive player. That said, he’s far better than anyone on the Yankees’ infield other than Robinson Cano. Young could play third until Alex Rodriguez returns, then shift over to first and do some right-handed platoon work. The Rangers are paying most of his salary and he’ll become a free agent after the season. Young is a really good fit for this Yankees team.