Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/31/13
At 2:57 on a sunny Tuesday afternoon Michael Young was still a Phillie. He leaned over the dugout railing at an empty ballpark and stared at the field while grounds-crew members manicured the grass. He later practiced ground balls with Cody Asche a man 13 years younger who will steal most of his playing time if Young remains a Phillie. Young controls his destiny. It is his contractual right to reject any trade proposal presented by the Phillies. He earned that ability when he gained 10-and-five rights (10 years of service the last five with the same team) with Texas and maintained it as part of a stipulation in last winter's trade to Philadelphia. The 36-year-old infielder is the best chance Ruben Amaro Jr. has at making a trade before Wednesday's 4 p.m. deadline. The general manager is listening to all offers although much of his roster is not desired by opposing teams. Chatter throughout baseball centered on Cliff Lee. He is the best available player - yes he is available - and most speculation tied him to Boston. A deal is not probable especially after the Red Sox reportedly swung a deal for Jake Peavy late Tuesday. The Phillies want Boston to assume the $70 million remaining on Lee's deal and send them Xander Bogaerts one of the game's top prospects among other minor-leaguers. One scout with knowledge of Boston's minor-league system labeled Bogaerts "a clear bit above everyone else." That is why the Red Sox are reluctant to deal him and why the Phillies insist that he be included. If Amaro does not receive what he wants by Wednesday he will keep Lee. The trade discussions can be revisited in the winter or next July when any acquiring team will still have a year-plus of Lee's services. The Phillies believe their best chance at winning in 2014 is with Lee and Cole Hamels atop the rotation. There is no rush to move him unless the return is right. The pie in the sky is Bogaerts a 20-year-old infielder. He has adapted without a hitch at triple A. Baseball America ranked him the game's eighth-best prospect entering 2013. His status has only risen since then. Phillies officials can dream about a left side of the infield of Bogaerts and Maikel Franco. If Bogaerts is in the discussion the Phillies also could ask for righthander Brandon Workman. They selected him in the third round of the 2007 draft but did not reach an agreement. The Red Sox drafted him in 2010 as a second-round pick.
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