Reports out of Nashville, where the Winter Meetings were held, have the Phillies and Rangers agreeing on a deal that would send Michael Young to the Phillies. The only fly in the ointment is that Young, who has ten-and-five rights and has to okay a deal, hasn't made a final decision on what he wants to do.
At 36, Young wouldn't exactly be part of any youth movement, but he would fit perfectly for what the Phillies need. He can play all four infield spots and the Rangers are reportedly okay with eating half of his $16-million salary for 2013, which is the last year of his contract. The potentially short duration in Philly would mean an opening for third base prospect Cody Asche if the Phillies deem him ready for the majors in 2014, but would also give the Phillies a chance at re-signing Young if Asche isn't ready or if they want to keep him around in another role.
While his power numbers have likely peaked - he hit a career-high 24 home runs in 2005 - Young has some pop in his bat that could be just enough in a lineup that already has Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and possibly, Darrin Ruf. Young is a career .301 hitter, but his .277 average was the lowest that he has hit since batting .262 in 2002. Even with his skills declining, Young would be a nice fit at third and provide some insurance should any of the other infielders go down with an injury.