So the dust has settled on the Michael Young trade. With a day or so to reflect on the trade, I still find it utterly pointless. Why the Dodgers brought in another over-priced declining infielder, for what exactly? Not one clue. I got nothing over here. It wasn’t to be the starting third baseman, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly says Juan Uribe is still the team’s starting third baseman and Young will see time at both corner infield positions, according to Bill Shaikin. Yep, you are still scratching your head, awesome, right?
From Michael Young’s perspective it’s a no-brainer. Why not waive your no-trade clause and play for the Dodgers? The Dodgers are heavy favorites to make the playoffs in 2013, the Phillies, not so much.
It’s not a bad deal for the Dodgers. Just unnecessary. The Dodgers get Michael Young to the Dodgers for minor-league pitcher Rob Rasmussen, the Dodgers just overpaid. Rasmussen is way too much for a bench player. Ridiculous Colletti shenanigans. Philadelphia is also paying the Dodgers about $1.7MM – the amount the Phillies were still due to receive from the Rangers as part of their original trade for Young in December. That’s a plus. I suppose he’s better than Nick Punto. So that’s a plus.
It’s certainly not a bad deal. Giving up Rasmussen is definitely too much, but it’s not like he was going to be cracking the big leagues anytime soon. Young will be able to make an immediate impact, and he might just be the best veteran bench player in the league. Young is well regarded as clubhouse guy and great teammate. Young is a winner, the Dodgers are winners. So maybe this one will work out after all.
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