In yesterday's column, I described a proposed trade between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Texas Rangers. At the time, we did not know who the Phillies were giving up to obtain infielder Michael Young. Now, we know. Young officially accepted a trade to the Phillies today that will send relief pitcher Josh Lindblom and minor league right-hander Lisalverto Bonilla.
The 36-year old Young will not be in a Rangers uniform for the first time in his 12-year career. Last season's lack of production was pushing Young towards the bench. It is widely believed that Young will make a move to third base in 2013 for the Phillies. However, many scouts don't think that Young will be able to play a full season there defensively. General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has made it clear that he thinks Young can. Just a few months ago, Amaro made it clear that center field and third base were his highest priorities. With the addition of Ben Revere, the Phillies have added a young center fielder, too.
The starting lineup for the Phillies next season will probably look something like this:
Catcher – Carlos Ruiz (25-game suspension), Erik Kratz
1B – Ryan Howard, Darin Ruf
2B – Chase Utley, Freddy Galvis
SS – Jimmy Rollins, Kevin Frandsen
3B – Michael Young, Freddy Galvis
LF – Darin Ruf, Laynce Nix
CF – Ben Revere, John Mayberry Jr.
RF – Dominic Brown, John Mayberry Jr.
SP – Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay, Kyle Kendrick
This is not the championship caliber roster that Phillies fans have become accustom to. There will be a lot of pressure on Kratz to produce during Ruiz's suspension. Howard, Utley, Rollins, and Young are old as hell. The outfield is young and has never played together before this season. Oh, and you might notice that there is only four starting pitchers on the 40-man roster.
Buckle in Phils fans, this could be a bumpy season.
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