Report: Dodgers Have An Offer Out To Michael Young

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I guess this was inevitable:

Michael Young has a Dodgers offer on the table if he wants it, but with Spring Training now less than a month away, the 37-year-old infielder is still considering retirement.

Whether or not Young decides to return, what’s relevant here is that the Dodgers want him to return. In theory, that’s terrible because rabble rabble double plays hargle bargle veteran presence etc. If he signs, we’ll all laugh and yell and scream, because that’s what we do.

But in practice, I’m really not so sure it’s worth the angst. At this point in his career, Young is woefully overextended as an every day player, but that’s not what his role would be. At the moment, the Dodgers have no good backup to Juan Uribe at third, unless you really believe in Chone Figgins or Justin Sellers. At first base, they have Scott Van Slyke as a decent backup option, but with the outfield glut, there’s no guarantee he even makes the roster. (I’m pretending that the idea of Young playing the middle infield positions is nothing more than a sick joke or something that happens in the meaningless 162nd game of a season.)

If we can put aside our general distaste for him, the reality is this: he had a .320 wOBA last year, and all non-pitchers in baseball had a .318 wOBA. As a hitter, he was a roughly league-average player, and it’s his defense that really ruined his value. Considering the current infield alternatives on the bench — Figgins, Sellers, Dee Gordon, etc. — it’s difficult to get too crazy about this idea.

Right up until Don Mattingly uses Young over Van Slyke or someone in a big situation in the 9th and he grounds into a double play, of course. It might not even be an issue, if he chooses to retire. But the state of the bench is so weak at this point that even Young isn’t a huge detriment. It’s not a great situation, yet that’s the reality.


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512 comments
 Kyle
Kyle

I blame VND for this.

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

telling amy to do the math has to be the funniest thing I have ever read. I love it.

DodgersFan
DodgersFan

 i get that teenage circle jerk joke now

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

if you guys are trolling there then you are trolls. they win. 

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@Disgruntled Goat Mike, Brim, Dustin and Chad are just going to have to accept that their old sites and this new site are just getting completely #PWNED by LADT.

very smart towel
very smart towel

Are we all discounting the possibility that the Guggenheim's have also used their trillions of dollars to develop a time machine, and we're in fact going to sign 2005 Michael Young?

DodgersFan
DodgersFan

@dodgersdan Of all the players to sign using a time machine why would we get 2005 michael young?

efb
efb

the comments at LADT are fun

efb
efb

Badger:  Well it didn’t take long for DD to turn into MSTI mindless rants from posters. They were all there within a couple of hours – 600 posts already. I’ll read the writers pov’s but I won’t be posting there. 

He's not wrong I guess lol 

efb
efb

except the mindless part

LurkingAtWork
LurkingAtWork

@efb I don't see the big deal when you have to manually click on something to view these crazy comments.  I'm sure a lot of readers have absolutely no idea of what is discussed in this area.