Originally posted on The Sports Post  |  Last updated 7/18/13
The Red Sox, who have exceeded everyone's expectations entering the All-Star Break with the most wins in the Majors, are clearly in need of pitching and bullpen help, but there is another move that the Red Sox could before the July 31 trade deadline that could help the Sox make a deep run into the postseason. The biggest hole the Red Sox have besides the closer role this season has been third base. With Will Middlebrooks struggling at the major league level and being sent down to Pawtucket, third base has been a revolving door this season. The Red Sox have had five different players play third base this season. Middlebrooks, Pedro Ciriaco, and rookies Jose Iglesias, Brock Holt and Brandon Snyder have all manned the hot corner for the Sox this season. But with Stephen Drew on the disabled list and Iglesias now playing shortstop in his absence that leaves the Sox with Holt and Snyder platooning the hot corner. Now Holt and Snyder have done a serviceable job during their time up at the big league level but they are not long term solutions. Holt's costly throwing error in the ninth inning of the second game of a four game set with  the Angels last weekend ended up costing the Red Sox the game and is proof that the Red Sox need a more reliable long term solution at the hot corner. Enter Michael Young. Young is in his final year of his contract and, with the Philadelphia Phillies' playoff hopes fading, the Phillies should be looking to unload the veteran third baseman at the trade deadline in an effort to get younger and begin rebuilding.  So what would it take for the Red Sox to acquire Young? Based off of his age (he's 36) I don't believe the Red Sox would have to sell the farm in order to acquire the veteran third baseman. A mid-level prospect(s) like Manny Margot, Travis Shaw or even Holt or Snyder should be enough to get Young.  Adding Young for a half year rental makes both financial sense and baseball sense. He is having a solid season this year hitting .288 with six homers and 28 RBI in 89 games this season. Although his power and RBI numbers are down, he has a propensity for hitting well in the clutch, which is great for a team looking to make a deep run in the playoffs.  Young also adds more veteran leadership along with Pedroia and Ortiz to a fairly Young team while stabilizing the third base position which has been a revolving door for the Red Sox all season.  Since Young's contract expires at the end of the season the Red Sox will be making a no-risk high reward transaction by picking up an aging player's expiring contract.  Adding Michael Young along with adding more bullpen help could help make the Red Sox the surprise team in the American League to legitimate World Series contenders.  The only thing that could get in the way of this trade getting done is that Young has a no-trade clause.  Young might waive that to get back on a title contender, and with the addition of Young, the Red Sox could be that title contender. By: Ethan Winter Twitter: @EWints
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