Consider this the beginning of a series that will be ongoing throughout the season. As random players find themselves on the block, whether they’re on or off the Yankees’ radar, we’ll be discussing it here. And today’s option is a player that I haven’t seen anyone else consider, at least publicly.
On the face of things, there’s very little fit between the Yankees and Michael Young. Just as recently as last season, he was the captain of the AL Pennant winning Texas Rangers–and his three positions (2B, SS and 3B) are all taken by players that are central to the Yankees’ lineup. The odds of him unseating Cano, Jeter or A-Rod are significantly less than slim.
But as I wrote earlier in the offseason, the Yankees’ biggest need (aside from pitching) is actually that rarest of mammals, the super utility player. And in that role, Michael Young would fit just fine–in fact, he’d be pretty spectacular. He’s been worth nine fWAR over the last three years, with a career wOBA of .346.
UPDATE: Michael Young Cannot block a trade to the Yankees:
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