Third base option off the board: Michael Young retires

Thursday Night Open Thread
Mailbag: Tanaka, Mayberry, Betemit, Setup Man

According to Ken Rosenthal, Michael Young has decided to retire so he can spend more time with his family. The Yankees had interest in him earlier this offseason and Rosenthal said three (unknown) teams had offers on the table. Young could have served as a part-time third baseman and backup first baseman, though his last two years have not been pretty offensively: .278/.322/.381 (90 OPS+).

Thursday Night Open Thread
Mailbag: Tanaka, Mayberry, Betemit, Setup Man
  • W.B. Mason Williams

    Very solid career. Not HOF worthy, but definitely a player that’ll stick around in my mind for a long time.

    • Tanuki Tanaka (Formerly Bob Buttons)

      I still remember the time that guy tried to argue Michael Young was MVP or something. Evan Grant of Dallas something?

      • Macho Man “Randy Levine”
        • Tanuki Tanaka (Formerly Bob Buttons)

          Yup thanks exactly that. People like him explains all the stupid things about HOF of all sports. Not sure if he actually has a HOF vote but I bet some people are as silly as he is.

      • OldYanksFan

        Young had a 331 .385 .513 .899 line in 2005.
        That could be an MVP year of a 2nd baseman.
        The Midget (undeservingly) won it with a .326 .376 .493 .869 line in 2008.

  • Mister D

    He played for a long time and that means he played for a long time and we should credit him with playing for a long time.

    (Out of 24 players with 7,500 PAs since the century turned, he’s 20th in offensive fWAR. But if you just take straight fWAR, he’s 19th. So … that means he played for a long time, which is cool, but when he’s getting the HoF votes we all know he will in 5 years, its a goddamn joke.)

  • CDR

    No choice but to insert Stephen Drew… time to get him Bombers.

    • nycsportzfan

      I’d rather give Nunez his time. He gets a bit of a raw deal in my opinion around here. He hit 290BA from July 31st to end the yr and has the extra element of speed and some line drive power. I think his defense was alittle better at 3rd then SS also.

      • LarryM Fl

        Why not Nunez? He is just as much of a question mark as the portfolio of question marks the Yanks have assembled to play the infield. But can he stay healthy?

      • Kosmo

        I doubt .290 is sustainable. Nunez is what he is a .270 ish hitter with no OBP skills and barely adequate, at his very best, on defense.

  • fred robbins

    are the Yankee owners afraid to ask Jeter to move to third so they can get a real shortstop? There will be so many hits up the middle it will piss off the pitchers, unless Jeter gets hurt the first week and the Yankees finally realize they need a shortstop. Ripkin moved to third, as did many other players– many machado is another one– Jeter and his ego would not even consider helping the Yankees and he actually goes in the opposite direction asking for such a high salary at the age of 40, when odds are he will not be productive and possibly not even be able to play– his range is non-existent- and at least at third- where he can go to his right a little bit– the Yankees might be able to get a shortstop who can go to his left and stop all the bleeders going through on the shortstop side of second base…

    • Kiko Jones


  • Eselquetodolosabe

    Young might’ve played some 1st for NY. What is NY’s “back-up”, 1st base plan anyway ? Even if healthy, doesn’t look like Texeira will start more than 130 games or so……and if hurt, who knows how many ?

    • Chip Rodriguez

      Doesn’t Musty play both 3B and 1B?

      • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

        Wasn’t even invited to ST.

  • jim

    Yankees need drew. And I agree they have no back up first base plan. They said no more big moves after tanaka are they playing possum and letting market come back to them. Or are they just being cheap. They are already over $189 million. Go get drew get Ervin Santana go get and go get Casey kothman to back up first and get this over with

    • Kosmo

      Casey Kotchman ? you mean the 2nd coming of Lyle Overbay ? Yanks are going to carry Kotchman as a backup 1B on the 25 man roster ? Not going to happen.

  • Capt

    a career to be proud of and one that’ll bring up conversation again in 5 years when he gets like 25% percent of the HOF vote his first year. happy that career didn’t end in NY this summer though.