When the Dodgers acquired Michael Young before the August 31 waiver deadline, it caught many off guard since he had to waive his no-trade clause and there wasn’t a starting spot for him.
Young can play first base, second base and third base, but the Dodgers have Adrian Gonzalez, Juan Uribe and Mark Ellis entrenched in the starting lineup. It’s been almost two weeks since he’s been a Dodger and Young opened up with the Jim Rome Show on CBSSportsRadio about accepting the trade back to LA:
It was tough, but at the same time you look at the situation you’re going to and the Dodgers put themselves in the position to make some noise in the playoffs. When the Phillies came to me, I was all-in. Playing in front of 50,000 fans a night, it’s the perfect situation for a baseball player.
In eight games with the Dodgers, Young is hitting .273 with two RBIs as he’s helped fill-in when manager Don Mattingly decides to rest some of the regulars.
Young was brought in to be another veteran presence in the clubhouse and another bat off the bench as he has postseason experience and could see important at-bats in the playoffs.
While he hasn’t been around for too long, Young has spent some time with outfielder Yasiel Puig:
I have spent some time with him and I love him. I think he’s a great kid and has a ton of ability. He’s given this organization and city just a huge energy boost. I don’t think anyone wants him to change and I’d rather have someone be super-aggressive than someone who’s scared to make mistakes. This guy feels like he’s the best player on the field and those are the guys I want to play with.
It sounds like Young is enjoying his time with the Dodgers and he should have an impact in the playoffs as a reliable bat off the bench or maybe in the lineup.
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