Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Michael Young and pitcher Cliff Lee are still wearing red pinstripes, amid rumors that both could be leaving town.
The Young speculation intensified with the news Tuesday that the team promoted third-base prospect Cody Asche and designated Steve Susdorf for assignment. Some saw the move as a precursor to a Young trade. The Boston Red Sox were rumored as a possible destination, though FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that Young would only approve a trade to the Texas Rangers, his former team.
Asche, 23, was batting .295 with 15 home runs, 68 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 104 games at Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season. His call-up does "not necessarily" mean Young will be dealt, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told MLB Network today. He described the chance of Young changing teams by the deadline as "pretty remote."
Young is batting .277 with seven home runs this season, and has 100 hits in 361 at-bats.
Lee was also ticketed for Boston, who is also reportedly looking at Houston Astros starter Bud Norris and Chicago White Sox starters Jake Peavy. The Phillies reportedly want top shortstop prospect Xander Bogaerts as a centerpiece to a deal, and the Red Sox won't consider dealing him, according to the Boston Globe.