Michael Young Considering Retirement

Michael Young is "strongly considering" retiring after 14 Major League seasons, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports (Twitter links).  Young wants to spend more time with his wife and three sons, and is considering walking away from the game despite continued interest in his services.  Rosenthal reports that four teams are interested in Young and the veteran infielder had received "decent offers."

Young, who turned 37 in October, hit .279/.335/.395 in 565 PA with the Phillies and Dodgers last season.  He began the season as Philadelphia's everyday third baseman but was reduced to a part-time role after he was traded to the Dodgers at the end of August.  The Dodgers considered bringing Young back as their third baseman for 2014 but the club instead re-signed Juan Uribe to fill that position.

Besides the Dodgers, Rosenthal reported in December that the Brewers, Rockies and Nationals were all interested in Young this offseason, though the Nats' interest had dried up.  Milwaukee, of note, was looking at Young as a first baseman rather than at the hot corner.  The Yankees were also connected to Young as a possible option in the wake of Alex Rodriguez's suspension.

The issue for Young could be playing time, as Troy Renck of the Denver Post noted that Young's desire for a starting job could have impeded a deal with the Rockies, who wanted him for a bench role.  Of his known suitors, it would seem the Yankees and Brewers could've offered the most potential playing time given how shallow those teams are at third and first, respectively, but Young still would've likely ended up in a platoon.



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