Bradley writes that the Braves placing Dan Uggla on the 15-day disabled list opens up a hole for Atlanta that they are looking to fill. The Braves are all but certainly going to win the division and need a stop-gap player who can contribute to their playoff push. Young fits the bill as a utility guy and is on a team that is nowhere near competing for the playoffs this season.
It would not cost the Braves too much to get Young plus the third baseman as already reportedly cleared waivers so that would not be a hurdle. The Phillies are likely going to let Young walk at the end of the year and, if the Braves are the only ones offering anything of value for the former Ranger, then it might be wise for the Phillies to pull the trigger.
Young, 36, is batting .268/.331/.390 with eight home runs and 37 RBIs in 115 games this season for the Phillies. He is a career .300/.346/.441 hitter who averaged 15 home runs and 85 RBIs over his 14 years of service. Young has been a good person in the Phillies locker room and a true professional on and off the field but his contributions to the Phillies are minimal at this point. At 15 games under .500, Young is more valuable to the Phillies somewhere else.
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