When the Dodgers acquired Phillies infielder Michael Young over the weekend, it wasn’t known what his role would be and even if he would accept it. After two dismal seasons in LA, third baseman Juan Uribe has been arguably the biggest surprise this season while Young has seen his defensive skills at third diminish.
Young is hitting .275 with eight home runs and 42 RBIs this year as he was a regular with the Phillies at all four infield positions. Talking to Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times, Young talked about accepting his lesser role with the Dodgers:
My role is winning player for the Dodgers. The role stuff is all secondary to me, he said. Everything’s all about winning.
General manager Ned Colletti saw that even though the Dodgers have run away with the NL West and are considered the favorites to win the World Series, that the bench and bullpen both needed help.
He traded for Ricky Nolasco and Carlos Marmol, signed Brian Wilson and Edinson Volquez and finished off his spree by trading for Young at the eleventh hour.
Don Mattingly has shown a knack for having different lineups on an almost game-by-game basis and with the Dodgers having such a wide margin in the standings, he could start giving his regulars days off.
In a season that was so close to slipping away, the Dodgers are flourishing with their new additions and if Young can have any impact down the stretch, the deal was well worth it.
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