For much of the summer, Philadelphia Phillies infielder Michael Young’s name was frequently referenced in trade rumors. He wasn’t moved at the end of July, but cleared waivers just a few days after. And on Saturday, Young was acquired in a trade by the Los Angeles Dodgers, making it apparent that Cody Asche and/or Kevin Frandsen is the Phillies solution at third base, at least for now.
The Phillies also sent cash considerations to the Dodgers. In return, the Phillies receive left-handed minor league pitcher Rob Rasmussen, who has never seen action about the triple-A level. This year, Rasmussen owned a 3-4 record, including a 2.55 ERA over 14 starts with the Dodgers double-A affiliate.
Young, who is a Los Angeles-area native, will return home to play in what may turn out to be a platoon with current Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe. The deal was done just hours before September roster expansion took place, and Young will be eligible for the Dodgers’ postseason roster.
Young had been hot for the Phillies in the past two games, going 4-for-5 on Friday afternoon, and bringing home the winning run, while going 3-for-5 Saturday afternoon with an RBI triple. Seven for his last ten, Young will leave a void in the Phillies offensive rotation. In 125 games with the Phillies this season, Young tallied eight home runs, 41 RBI, 24 doubles, 126 total hits, 42 walks, and had an average of .272 when he was traded.
While Young and the Phillies won Friday afternoon’s game against the Chicago Cubs, the same could not be done on Saturday, as the Phillies lost 4-3. Again, Young was the Phillies’ offensive leader, but Cliff Lee exited after racking up 113 pitches in five innings, and was outdueled by the Cubs’ Chris Rusin. Kevin Frandsen homered for the second straight game. Frandsen will also be an option for the Phillies at third base the rest of the way.
Domonic Brown, who has been nursing a sore Achilles for over a week, made a pinch hit appearance on Saturday, but struck out. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday, and a stint on the disabled list may not be out of the question. If he does end up on the DL, he may be shut down for the year as a precaution.
Kyle Kendrick and Jake Arreita square off tomorrow at 2:20 from Wrigley Field in the series finale. The Phillies travel back home on Monday to play the Washington Nationals.
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