Originally written on Phillies Nation  |  Last updated 12/9/12
The ball is in Asche's hands to win third base in 2014 according to Jayson Stark. Photo: Jay Floyd Fresh off of my mother-in-law’s holiday choral concert, I’m back and ready to report on the latest from the Hot Stove in a special Midnight Update! Something “Big” Coming The biggest Philadelphia-related news of the day was obviously Michael Young being acquired by the Phillies. The second most notable piece of information in that category was this tidbit passed along by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Passan’s source indicated that the Phillies were ready to do something big, anything from pursuing Josh Hamilton or making a late run at Zack Greinke. Greinke finalized a six-year, $147 million record-setting contract tonight with the Dodgers, so that one is likely safe to rule out. 2014′s Starting Third Baseman? Asche. For Now. From the “Card Subject to Change” category, Jayson Stark tweeted today that folks within the Phillies organization recognize that Young is not the ideal solution at third base but was the best option among what was available, noting that many are hopeful Cody Asche will be ready for 2014. No pressure, Cody! Ellsbury for Lee – Who Says No First? The Phillies. In a nugget that got lost in the world of transaction madness, CSN’s Jim Salisbury reported that the Red Sox offered Jacoby Ellsbury in a deal for Cliff Lee. Ellsbury struggled with injuries in 2012 that limited him to just 74 games. The Red Sox were told by the Phillies, per Salisbury, that the Phillies are not interested in separating their trio of Lee, Roy Halladay, and Cole Hamels. In the same piece, Salisbury noted that the Phillies attempted to simultaneously acquire Josh Willingham the same day they executed the Ben Revere deal, that the Phils are “seriously interested” Ichiro Suzuki, and “have long liked” Cody Ross.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Rapper rips David West for taking pay cut to join Spurs

Report: Kevin Garnett will return for 21st NBA season

Packers plan to keep TE Andrew Quarless despite arrest

Russell Wilson: God spoke to me after Super Bowl-losing INT

Cam Newton training with Aussie rules football team

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jonathan Papelbon still wants out of Philly

Kyrie Irving: Cavaliers would have won an NBA title if healthy

Here are your 2015 All-Star reserves and pitchers

Are LeBron, Cavs just playing teenage games?

Bucks president threatens move to Vegas, Seattle

ESPYs golf classic moving from Trump course

Cubs announcer defends saying 'no-hitter' during game

MLB scout hiring and pay practices challenged in lawsuit

MLB's 2015 All-Star snubs

Gronk, David Ortiz in latest Dunkin Donuts iced coffee video

Bridgewater on Vikings: 'we’re not as good as what we think'

Floyd Mayweather officially stripped of welterweight title

Mo Williams signs 2-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers

Carli Lloyd had vision she would score four goals in World Cup Final

Carli Lloyd needs help to carry all her World Cup awards

Russell Wilson abstaining from sex with girlfriend Ciara

Coach K on meeting Beyonce for first time: 'I felt like 13'

Three-star TE Michael Irvin Jr. commits to Miami

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

MLB's 2015 All-Star snubs

Gronk, David Ortiz in latest Dunkin Donuts iced coffee video

The 2015 All-Star reserves & pitchers

Are LeBron, Cavs just playing teenage games?

Bucks threatens move to Vegas, Seattle

Bryce Harper to skip Home Run Derby

Video shows De'Andre Johnson punching woman

Odell Beckham Jr. poses for nude version of 'The Catch'

Report: Giants pull offer to Pierre-Paul

Report: Jordan was tired of Chris Paul

2015 All-Star starters announced

JPP injured in fireworks mishap?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.