Hold on just a second, the Los Angeles Dodgers managed to squeeze in one final deal before the August trade deadline passed on Saturday night. According to Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal, 36-year-old infielder Michael Young will be making his way to the west coast after being acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for pitching prospect Rob Rasmussen.
Rosenthal adds that Young waived his full no-trade clause so the deal could through, citing that Young grew up a Dodgers fan as as a possible factor in his decision.
Well that's all nice to hear, but how exactly does Young fit with Los Angeles? Especially with another third baseman on the roster in Juan Uribe who's putting up eerily similar numbers this season offensively.
Michael Young in 2013: .272/.333/.389. Juan Uribe in 2013: .268/.326/.395. Young OPS: .722. Uribe OPS: .722.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) September 1, 2013
For manager Don Mattingly, it's a simple solution.
Mattingly: Uribe remains the Dodger 3B. Young can play 1B, 3B.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) September 1, 2013
Honestly, that's the only decision that makes sense for Los Angeles. Though it's a wash offensively, defensively Young would represent a pretty significant downgrade over Uribe, and there's no sense accepting that downgrade at this point in the season. As an added piece that can provide bench depth and insurance in case of injury, the Dodgers certainly could have done worse.
Young brings experience, which is probably overstated but is certainly valued by teams heading to the postseason. And despite his struggles, he brings a degree of versatility defensively, having played all four infield positions throughout his career. Limiting him to the corners at this stage in his career would be their best bet, though.
Also, when it comes down to it, the $950K Young is owed for the rest of the season is a drop in the bucket for the Dodgers. He's a free agent this winter, so they're not locked into a long term commitment. All they're probably hoping for here is a handful of professional at-bats and one or two big hits in October that turn a game around and bring them closer to their ultimate goal.
If he provides that, this last second trade will look darn good two months from now. If he produces beyond that, it will look like a great trade. If the Dodgers fall short and Young struggles, people will make the same old Michael Young jokes on social media while the Dodgers reload heading into 2014.