Dodgers Could Sign Young As Regular Third Baseman

The Dodgers are considering signing free agent Michael Young and installing him as the club's everyday third baseman, tweets Buster Olney of ESPN.com. MVP Sports Group represents the 37-year-old.

After spending much of his time in 2011-12 as a designated hitter, Young served last year as the Phillies' regular third bagger before finishing the year as a utilityman for the Dodgers. Young's return to a daily role in the field came with mixed results. On the one hand, he proved that he is still capable of keeping up with the grind. On the other, Young's hot corner work graded out at or below replacement level in the aggregate.

Young hit at a slightly above average rate in 2013, posting a .279/.335/.395 triple-slash in 565 plate appearances. On the other hand, UBR pegged Young as costing his clubs 4.6 runs through baserunning. And advanced fielding metrics were not fans of his work on the hot corner. UZR, for instance, graded Young as the second-worst regular third baseman in the league.

While we heard recently that the Dodgers were eyeing Young, it would seem a surprise for Los Angeles to plug him into its everyday lineup to start the year. The club could also ink him as a utility player and use his presence to regain some leverage in a seller's market. Juan Uribe, who delivered a big year for the Dodgers in 2013, remains available. But the club is reportedly prepared to move on after not hearing back on an offer to the free agent, with Olney tweeting that L.A. increasingly believes he'll find a new home. Otherwise, the Dodgers will presumably need to test the trade market, where pickings are slim and prices could be high.


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109 Comments on "Dodgers Could Sign Young As Regular Third Baseman"


Seanb1223
1 year 8 months ago

As a Rangers fan, this brings back haunting memories of PADMY.

Cristian Alejandro Riega
1 year 8 months ago

Past a Dodger Michael Young

IamTinman
1 year 8 months ago

If the Dodgers signing Michael Young makes you feel better about the Giants chances…….that is just sad.

GoForThree
1 year 8 months ago

I hope they sign him. Then there’d be no chance of him going to the Cards.

charles stevens
1 year 8 months ago

Good luck with all that.

Damon Bowman
1 year 8 months ago

I’m not seeing the sense behind this rumor. I can see the sense behind an AL team signing Young to bounce around the diamond as a backup and let him serve as DH if he gets on a hot streak, but I think his days as an everyday starter in the field are a thing of the past.

Since_77
1 year 8 months ago

Sounds like you are describing the Yankees. They could use him in that role or even platoon with Kelly Johnson.

Damon Bowman
1 year 8 months ago

Yes and no. Too much of a chance he’s left to man 3B full-time depending on the outcome of the Rodriguez affair.

godzillacub
1 year 8 months ago

They already have too many people needing time in that DH spot: Jeter, Beltran, McCann, Soriano, A-Rod (if he’s not suspended).

UltimateYankeeFan
1 year 8 months ago

Kind of surprised that the Dodgers would consider Young as their full time 3rd baseman if they signed him. His defense at 3rd is suspicious at best and he doesn’t provide much power any more.

Chase Johnston
1 year 8 months ago

Best case scenario is that he’s the worst defensive 3b in the league.

OldHaus
1 year 8 months ago

Uribe has two really bad years and looks great in the final contract year. A little suspicious? His next employer might want to only give him a one year contract.

Seamaholic
1 year 8 months ago

So he had a good year … Happens. To me wh at is a little suspicious is the fact that the Dodgers obviously don’t want him back.

theophilus166
1 year 8 months ago

Considering his slugging percentage was below .300 for two years before this past season, I’m not surprised the Dodgers don’t want to spin the Wheel of Uribe and see how he hits.

TrueBlue44
1 year 8 months ago

The Dodgers want him back, but Uribe is insisting on a 3 year deal. There is no way we are giving that to a player who only shows up on his last year of his contract. The Michael Young talks are coming up because we plan on moving forward without Uribe.

grabarkewitz
1 year 8 months ago

The thought of Michael Young playing third on a regular basis for the Dodgers is enough to make me physically sick. I think this is a maneuver by Ned to make the two year deal that Uribe signs with the Blue look really good compared to the other choices.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
1 year 8 months ago

Or to get Uribe off the dime. Probably more that than anything.

Seamaholic
1 year 8 months ago

Getting him on a one year deal is just completely unrealistic, given what he did last year and the market (especially for third basemen). Even if he doesn’t hit at all he’s valuable in that market. You only do that, by my way of thinking, if you either don’t really want him, or you suspect his production is about to fall off the table.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
1 year 8 months ago

Uribe was injured for most of his first two seasons with the Dodgers. He played unhurt for all of 2013 and performed somewhat above his career numbers. I’d be more “suspicious” if he didn’t bounce back to career-level production playing unhurt. The Dodgers obviously do want him back, just not for another three years.

BadBJay
1 year 8 months ago

Young is a good player… but I’d take a shot at Youkalis

Seanb1223
1 year 8 months ago

No, he really isn’t.

Tommets
1 year 8 months ago

was*

1 year 8 months ago

Young will at least play 3B. Youk would play the 60 Day DL. He was one of my favorite players on the Sox, but he needs to go back to 1B.

Mike Gallagher
1 year 8 months ago

Young can’t play third to save his life.

The_Porcupine
1 year 8 months ago

I think it is obvious that the 3base market has nearly dried up.

Adrian Garcia
1 year 8 months ago

i wonder how much below replacement level he’ll get to this year, this is going to be awful

nostocksjustbonds
1 year 8 months ago

This would be an awesome signing!

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
1 year 8 months ago

Michael Young seems like a nice fellow, but the Dodgers must have noticed he really can’t play third. Or second. Or first….are anywhere adequately on defense.

mrsjohnmiltonrocks

1 year 8 months ago

If Uribe is really playing hardball, Young might be an option that can get them through until they can make a trade. It won’t be pretty, but he can go out there and try to stop balls from rolling past him.

Hanley
1 year 8 months ago

Yes! Do It please!! I love MY

TrueBlue44
1 year 8 months ago

Why go for Young? I would much rather have Ellis at 2B, Rameriez at 3B and Guerrero at SS. Sign Ellis!

Adrian Garcia
1 year 8 months ago

because that would be a terrible defensive infield

BrocNessMonster
1 year 8 months ago

Not as bad as anything including MY.

blake
1 year 8 months ago

oh but young at 3b and hanley at ss wouldn’t?

Adrian Garcia
1 year 8 months ago

both would be horrible, no one is projecting Guerrero to be a decent fielder at SS, that plus an awful Hanley Ramirez there would be terrible as well
best case scenario they sign Uribe and live with mediocre offense and decent defense

thegrayrace
1 year 8 months ago

How is MEllis – Guerrero – Ramirez worse than Guerrero – Ramirez – Uribe?

They’re arguably equal. In the former, you get elite defense at 2B and mediocre defense at SS and 3B. In the latter, you get elite defense at 3B and mediocre defense at 2B and SS.

Young, Guerrero and Hanley is mediocre defense all around, though.

Mike Gallagher
1 year 8 months ago

There’s nothing mediocre about Young’s defense.

thegrayrace
1 year 8 months ago

You’re right. Mediocre only means “not very good”. He’s much closer to awful.

Jim McGrath
1 year 8 months ago

Trade for Will Middlebrooks. In that lineup he would be a real threat. The Sox need to sign Drew and move Xander to 3 B.

1 year 8 months ago

I think that Middlebrooks will be traded, but the lack of suitable 3B options will make his price tag higher than it should be.

BrocNessMonster
1 year 8 months ago

I’d prefer to just put CC, Kemp, Dre, and Puig out there, shift Hanley deep in the hole, and have Guerrero play directly atop the bag at 2nd.

BigDeal
1 year 8 months ago

Huh?

PDJ70
1 year 8 months ago

So if UBR pegged Young as costing his clubs 4.6 runs through baserunning, how many runs have Miggy or the fat prince cost? Wouldn’t want them either I guess?

Seanb1223
1 year 8 months ago

Are you seriously comparing MY to Miggy?

PDJ70
1 year 8 months ago

No, just curious about this UBR stat…

John Kreese
1 year 8 months ago

So a team with all that talent & all that payroll may have to start Young at 3B? Yikes. He’s a decent backup at this point of his career but should not be starting any longer. They’d be better off moving HanRam to 3B & signing Drew on a 2yr deal to play SS.

Puig Power
1 year 8 months ago

They don’t want to give up the draft pick for a player like Drew.

John Kreese
1 year 8 months ago

LA’s window is right now. I hate to see that stop them from getting a player that makes them better right now instead of maybe a few years from now.

Puig Power
1 year 8 months ago

I would argue that LA’s window will be continuously open. At least, that’s what Kasten and team are trying to accomplish with their current strategies. Giving up a first-round pick for a non-impact player like Drew might be quite unwise when you could trade a couple low-impact prospects for a possible solution.

chicothekid
1 year 8 months ago

If the 3b market is really that dried up, it makes me wonder what the Mets can get for Murphy.

BadBJay
1 year 8 months ago

Or David Wright. Too soon?

David Kowalski
1 year 8 months ago

The best third baseman still available as a free agent, certainly if Uribe is taken off the table, is Eric Chavez. Chavez, however is 36 and hasn’t been a full-time player (400 or more at bats) since 2006. Possibly Young and Chavez in some combination would work as Chavez can’t play everyday and Young shouldn’t.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
1 year 8 months ago

That could make a decent platoon arrangement, but I wonder if the Dodgers are into platoon solutions.