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There is more to the infield of the Philadelphia Phillies than Michael Young as an addition. He is not just a stopgap third baseman for 162 battles. TAL’S HANDY CAPS WELCOME, NEWCOMERS: By design my articles represent a baseball man’s thinking, the view from the dugout and the GM’s box. Most fans do not consider the budget, prospects on the radar, the organization’s weaknesses, the track record, the competition and the other intangibles. Please go to my author archives or Phillies page for my most recent coverage. Scroll down to Tal’s Handy Links at the bottom. Thank you. Check out the complementary review:  Philadelphia Phillies story-poll: Suds or studs, the youngster The new summer schedule will allow me to publish the best 3 storylines each week, but there will be an updated calendar included with each feature:  These posts involve commentary, polls and stats for the upcoming 7 days. Post time is 5 to 9 pm for the days listed below. April 29 to May 5 A wild-card feature will be published at times. Any schedule changes and holdups will be posted at Tal’s Handy Caps on Facebook. BASEBALL FIX SCHEDULEFORMATTIMEFRAMEPUBLISHING StorylineNitecap InsightMon. & Thur.2-3 Times per Week Story-pollSuds or StudsMay 5Once a Week NL East at Game 27 MLB 5 at Game 30Tal's Handy Stats (ERA)Wed. Sat.Twice a Week   Young Greets a Scoring Howard during the 7th on April 28 in Queens.     NITECAP INSIGHT       The Brightest Stars: The blueprint illustrates that Young will not be returning next year, but that is not an foregone conclusion. There are many factors leading to the fruition of management’s plans. They are the finances, the available talent, the club’s shortcomings, the performances of Young and Cody Asche. It will depend on the end results of this campaign, which also determines the skipper for 2014. If Ryne Sandberg is in charge, it could alter the direction the general manager takes. Utley Bangs a Ground-rule Double during the 3rd on April 27 in Queens. Asche must earn his promotion to the Bank, and the higher-ups are eyeballing every aspect of his game. Last April, he was at Single-A Clearwater in the first half and Double-A Reading until the season concluded. At Triple-A Lehigh Valley, he is in the 3 hole, which is the slot for a squad’s best hitter. Then, for the majors there is the start of his service-time clock. That for 2014 could mean he may have to play April and May in Lehigh Valley. The competitive-balance threshold increases to $189 million for ’14, which allows another $11 million of payroll. Rube Amaro is paying Young $6 million for this summer, but he is in the final 162 of a 5-year $80 million contract, which is $16 million per. Texas is on the hook for the deferred $15 million and ate $1.6 million of the balance due this season. He could return on a $10 million deal if Asche needs more time in the minors, but Young will probably command more than 1 or 2 campaigns despite his age. By the Numbers: PLAYER & AGELGEABAVGHR - RBIBB - IBBSB - CS Michael Young, 36MLB088.35201 - 0910 - 100 - 0 Cody Asche, 22AAA079.26601 - 1108 - 001 - 0 AscheSpring014.35700 - 0002 - 000 - 0 AscheWinter089.28101 - 1208 - 000 - 1 AscheAA263.30010 - 4722 - 001 - 1 AscheAdv A255.34902 - 2512 - 110 - 2 2013 Stats for the first 2 rows through 4/28 and 2012 results on the others. Adv = Advanced   Rollins Bobbles the Exchange after the Force Out during the 6th on April 28 in Queens.   He does have one priceless attribute that figures into the equation:  He is a cornerstone commodity. The red pinstripes have a core four:  Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels. On Sunday, there would have been no need for a mound conference of those four, Young and Carlos Ruiz, because they act as one unit. The point is that Young is a perfect fit with the field leaders, and he has earned that after 12 summers on the Rangers, averaging over .300 eight times. Howard with a Homerun Pose Settles for a 2-run Double during the 6th on April 28 in Queens. Texas had 7 losing tours during his first 8 years, after he began his career there in 2001. Rollins had his first full 162 in Philly during that same season. In other words, Young went through the learning-how-to-win process during that time, and his new infield mates have embraced him accordingly. Like them he also knows the route to the Fall Classic and recently has been there twice.   The Phils have had solid complementary pieces at the hot corner during this dominate run, but now they have an equal to Rollins, Utley and Howard.   Phillies e-mail notification: Email Notifications   LINK-UP BELOW: A link for Phillies e-mail notification is provided above and below. Any schedule changes and holdups that may occur will be posted at Tal’s Handy Caps on Facebook. This is the 30th storyline for 2013. Check out my recent publication (Red Pedigree) on the Phillies page or my author archives, where there is an excerpt photo. Also, my new feature is Story-poll. The last one was The Hot Corner.   I will periodically publish the 2013 ERA for the NL East and the MLB 5. Thank you, to all who bookmarked my page. TAL’S HANDY LINKS Email Notifications TAL’S HANDY CAPS on Facebook  Philadelphia Phillies storyline: Young gun discovery (Red Pedigree) Philadelphia Phillies story-poll: Suds or studs, the youngster (The Hot Corner) Philadelphia Phillies: 2013 ERA for the MLB 5 at game 24 Philadelphia Phillies: 2013 ERA for the NL East at game 20 Phillies Tal Venada (Author Archives)

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