After many months of speculation about when Michael Young would be traded and who he would be traded too, it finally happened late last night: Michael Young is officially a Los Angeles Dodger.
Not a New York Yankee, not a Boston Red Sock, nor a Texas Ranger. This trade surprised a lot of people last night but it was due to happen since the waiver trade deadline was quickly approaching.
The Philadelphia Phillies got in return minor league pitcher named Rob Rasmussen. Remember, the last time the Phillies traded with the Dodgers they got Ethan Martin in return and he has shown this season that he has potential to be a good major league pitcher.
Here is some information on Rasmussen. He is a 24-year-old left-handed pitcher and this season has pitched in Double-A and Triple-A. His numbers have shown that he has pitched better in Double-A, where Rasmussen had a 2.46 ERA in 16 games (14 starts). While in Triple-A, his ERA jumped considerably. His ERA is 6.46 in 12 games and has started in 10 of those.
So it seems as if the Phillies have a project player on their hands for the most part, but with the right coaching could develop into something.
Now back to Young, who has been a pretty consistent player for the Phillies this season including last week when the Phillies were making comebacks in the ninth inning and walking off. He was a big part of the Phillies winning those games.
This season, Young has eight home runs and 42 RBIs in 126 games with a .276 batting average. What made this deal happen was that Young waived his no trade clause. Young will also be eligible to play in postseason with the Dodgers. This trade makes a lot of since in the fact of that Cody Asche has been playing great since being called up.
It seems that the young third baseman has solidified his spot by hitting the ball and playing good defense. So far this season, Asche has two home runs and 14 RBIs while batting .256 with a .312 on base percentage. Over the past few days, he has been dealing with a hamstring injury but the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that Asche will be in the lineup for today’s game against the Chicago Cubs.
Finally, with Young going to the Los Angeles Dodgers it helps out their bench but they already have a starter in place at third base and that’s Juan Uribe. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times says about the third base position:
Mattingly: Uribe remains the Dodger 3B. Young can play 1B, 3B.
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) September 1, 2013
If you look at Uribe’s stats this season, he has seven home runs and 37 RBIs with a .271 batting average and a .328 on base percentage. He is one of the reasons why the Dodgers have surged into first place in the NL West. With Young now in Los Angeles, he gets a chance to win and play for a winner so in that case, the Phillies did the right thing but it will be interesting to see how he helps the Dodgers as they make their run towards the postseason.