BOSTON -- With Jose Iglesias on his way to Detroit as part of the three-team Jake Peavy deal, the Red Sox are in need of a third baseman. Which would make Phillies veteran Michael Young, already a target of theirs during this trade season, even more of a fit for them.
But with hours to go before the 4 p.m. deadline, the Sox are giving no indication that a deal for Young -- who reportedly is pushing for a return to the Texas Rangers ("He only wants to go to one team," a person with knowledge of Young's thinking told CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury) -- is about to happen. Or even that they are stepping up their pursuit.
"Nothing is planned, nothing is imminent," said general manager Ben Cherington. "We really feel like there are enough infielders here between Boston and Pawtucket that we can get good production on the left side of the infield. I would never rule anything out, but I wouldn't expect anything to happen by [Wednesday]."
According to WEEI.com, the Red Sox plan to recall Brock Holt from Pawtucket to play third base.
Young, 36, is hitting .277 in his first season for the Phillies -- he spent the first 13 years of his career with the Rangers and his family stayed in the Arlington area this year while he went to Philadelphia, which is one of the reasons he wants to go back to Texas -- with 7 home runs, 32 RBI, a .342 on-base percentage and a .402 slugging percentage. He has a no-trade clause and is willing to waive it to go back to the Rangers, but sources say he may also agree to a trade to Boston if no return to Texas is possible. Young's decision on whether to agree to a deal could be the main holdup on a Phillies-Sox trade.
The Yankees and Orioles are also thought to be pursuing Young.
Having lost eight straight on a recent road trip, the Phils on Tuesday recalled third-base prospect Cody Asche. Philadelphia wants to begin building for the future by taking a look at its younger talent, which would limit Young's playing time . . . another factor that may prompt Young to green-light a trade.
Young is a rental; his one-year, $16 million contract ($10 million of which is being paid by the Rangers) expires at the end of the season. That makes him even more attractive to the Sox, as he won't be blocking the path of infield prospects such as Xander Bogaerts and Will Middlebrooks.