This is purely a coincidence guys.
Michael Young cleared waivers on Thursday morning, meaning the Phillies are now free to trade him to any team with which they can reach a deal by August 31. That means the Red Sox, Yankees, Orioles, Reds, and anyone else who wants a middling third base/first base/second base hybrid with tons of leadership qualities, bad defense and tons of singles can have him from the Phils for a song.
And, in what is surely nothing more than just two separate events that have absolutely nothing to do with each other…
Charlie says Michael Young has a tight hammy. Cancel #HugWatch… for now.
— Matt Gelb (@magelb) August 8, 2013
With Young out of the Thursday lineup, there was speculation a trade was in the works. So, this is either the Phillies’ way of holding Young out of the lineup for a trade that might be on the horizon, or Young is doing everything he can to stay in Philadelphia, even going so far as to injure himself to make sure he stays put.
The leadership on this guy, I’m tellin’ ya!
Young, of course, has a full no-trade clause, but told the Phillies in the days leading up to the July trade deadline that he would be willing to waive his no-trade clause to the Red Sox and Yankees. Ruben Amaro, however, didn’t get any offers he liked and in an interview on WIP said he wanted to hold onto Young because he didn’t really have any other options and wanted to try and win as many games here in 2013 as he possibly could.
Then, Cody Asche became the everyday third baseman.
If another team decides to trade for Young, they will owe him about $2 million for the rest of this year.
But not until that “hamstring injury” heals.