Dodgers acquire third baseman Michael Young from Phillies
The Dodgers have bolstered their roster for the stretch drive by acquiring Michael Young from the Phillies.
In an effort to strengthen their roster for the stretch run and postseason, the Dodgers have acquired infielder Michael Young in a trade announced by the Phillies and first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Philly received left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen in return.
Young, 36, came into Saturday hitting .272/.333/.389 (99 OPS+) with eight home runs in 125 games. He played third base almost exclusively for the Phillies, but he can fill in at first regularly and handle second in a real pinch. Defense has never been his strong suit, however.
The Dodgers have been getting perfectly fine production from Juan Uribe at third base. He came into Saturday hitting .268/.326/.395 (103 OPS+) with seven homers this year, but unlike Young, the various defensive metrics rate him as a strong defender. It'll be interesting to see how Los Angeles uses their latest pickup.
Young is owed approximately $2.9 million for the remainder of the season and will become a free agent this winter. He had a full no-trade clause and needed to approve any deal. Because he was acquired on August 31, Young will be eligible for the postseason roster. A day later and he would not have been.
At 79-55, the Dodgers have a comfortable 10.5-game lead over the Diamondbacks in the NL West. If nothing else, Young gives them a solid bat to carry on the bench while rosters are expanded in September.