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Michael Young

37-Year-Old Third Baseman – Free Agent

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The 37-year-old Young continued plugging along in what has been an excellent career, batting .279/.335/.395 between stints with the Phillies and Dodgers. He's now recorded at least 145 hits in 12 stra...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 200   DOB: 10/19/1976   BORN: Covina, CA   COLLEGE: UC-Santa Barbara   DRAFTED: 5th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Michael Young Contract Information:

Signed to a four-year contract in April of 2004. Club option for 2008. Agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract extension in March 2007.

January 30, 2014  –  Michael Young News

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Young has decided to retire, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports.

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Michael Young Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2005 28 MAJ TEX 159 732 668 114 221 69 40 5 24 91 5 2 58 91 0 3 3 .331 .385 .513 .899
2006 29 MAJ TEX 162 748 691 93 217 69 52 3 14 103 7 3 48 96 0 8 1 .314 .356 .459 .814
2007 30 MAJ TEX 156 692 639 80 201 47 37 1 9 94 13 3 47 107 0 1 5 .315 .366 .418 .783
2008 31 MAJ TEX 155 708 645 102 183 50 36 2 12 82 10 0 55 109 0 6 2 .284 .339 .402 .741
2009 32 MAJ TEX 135 593 541 76 174 60 36 2 22 68 8 3 47 90 0 4 1 .322 .374 .518 .892
2010 33 MAJ TEX 157 718 656 99 186 60 36 3 21 91 4 2 50 115 0 11 1 .284 .330 .444 .774
2011 34 MAJ TEX 159 689 631 88 213 58 41 6 11 106 6 2 47 78 0 9 2 .338 .380 .474 .854
2012 35 MAJ TEX 156 651 611 79 169 38 27 3 8 67 2 2 33 70 0 6 1 .277 .312 .370 .682
2013 36 MAJ PHI 126 512 468 49 129 36 24 4 8 42 1 0 42 78 0 1 1 .276 .336 .395 .731
2013 36 MAJ LAD 21 53 51 3 16 3 2 1 0 4 0 0 1 5 0 1 0 .314 .321 .392 .713
2013  (Multiple Teams) 36 MAJ PHI/LAD 147 565 519 52 145 39 26 5 8 46 1 0 43 83 0 2 1 .279 .335 .395 .730
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Michael Young
3-Year Averages MAJ   154 634 587 73 175 44 31 4 9 73 3 1 41 77 0 5 1 .298 .342 .411 .753
Career  (View All) MAJ   1970 8611 7918 1137 2375 686 441 60 185 1030 90 30 575 1235 25 71 22 .300 .346 .441 .787

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Michael Young: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2013 34 2 107 1
2012 41 16 25 4 72
2011 36 14 40 1 69
2010 155 2
2009 134 1

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Michael Young Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013138172120.254.399.730
2012156191230.333.423.794
2011158252271.361.500.902

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013381356341.289.394.729
2012455607442.257.352.643
2011473639795.330.465.838

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013226245211.265.416.749
2012295401281.261.325.637
20113205410582.353.547.931

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013293283250.290.379.714
2012316397391.291.411.724
2011311341484.322.399.776
Michael Young Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2005 28 MAJ TEX 732 668 7.9% 12.4% 0.64 86% .356 .182
2006 29 MAJ TEX 748 691 6.4% 12.8% 0.50 86% .349 .145
2007 30 MAJ TEX 692 639 6.8% 15.5% 0.44 83% .367 .103
2008 31 MAJ TEX 708 645 7.8% 15.4% 0.50 83% .326 .118
2009 32 MAJ TEX 593 541 7.9% 15.2% 0.52 83% .354 .196
2010 33 MAJ TEX 718 656 7% 16% 0.43 82% .317 .160
2011 34 MAJ TEX 689 631 6.8% 11.3% 0.60 88% .373 .136
2012 35 MAJ TEX 651 611 5.1% 10.8% 0.47 89% .302 .093
2013 36 MAJ PHI 512 468 8.2% 15.2% 0.54 83% .317 .119
2013 36 MAJ LAD 53 51 1.9% 9.4% 0.20 90% .348 .078
2013  (Multiple Teams) 36 MAJ PHI/LAD 565 519 7.6% 14.7% 0.52 84% .320 .116
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3-Year Averages MAJ   634 587 6.5% 12.1% 0.53 87% .331 .113
Career MAJ   8611 7918 6.7% 14.3% 0.47 84% .337 .141

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Best Matchups for Michael Young (by OPS, min 17 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Daisuke Matsuzaka NY-N 17 10 1 1 1 4 1 .588 .941 1.552
Kyle Davies CLE 19 7 1 2 5 5 3 .368 .579 1.079
Joe Saunders TEX 28 10 1 3 4 6 1 .357 .607 1.045
Jeremy Guthrie KC 31 12 1 5 2 1 0 .387 .581 1.005
Max Scherzer DET 20 6 0 1 2 4 0 .300 .550 .941
Jason Vargas KC 36 14 1 6 2 5 4 .389 .528 .938
Miguel Batista COL 21 8 0 4 3 4 1 .381 .476 .938
Matt Garza MIL 19 5 1 2 1 3 0 .263 .632 .932
Johan Santana BAL 22 7 1 5 0 7 0 .318 .591 .909
John Lackey BOS 93 33 2 16 7 11 0 .355 .505 .901

Worst Matchups for Michael Young (by OPS, min 17 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Justin Verlander DET 31 7 0 4 3 8 0 .226 .323 .617
David Price TB 17 4 0 5 2 7 1 .235 .294 .610
Mark Buehrle TOR 54 12 1 7 1 5 0 .222 .352 .588
Erik Bedard TB 39 9 1 5 1 8 1 .231 .333 .583
Fernando Rodney SEA 17 4 0 5 1 2 0 .235 .294 .572
Gavin Floyd ATL 21 4 0 2 2 5 0 .190 .286 .547
Josh Beckett LA 31 6 1 3 1 5 2 .194 .323 .535
Zack Greinke LA 40 10 0 2 1 9 0 .250 .250 .518
J.J. Putz AZ 25 5 0 3 1 6 2 .200 .280 .511
Casey Janssen TOR 17 1 1 2 0 5 0 .059 .235 .294

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Michael Young: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Although Young has yet to decide on retirement, he stated that it's "a safe bet" that he'd play for the Dodgers if he decides to play another season, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Young is strongly considering retirement, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports.

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A source with knowledge of the Yankees' thinking said Monday that the Bombers are very much interested in Young, New York Newsday reports.

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Manager Don Mattingly said he may work Young at second base to prepare in case of an emergency situation in the playoffs at the position, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Young has not received an at-bat in each of the last three games.

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Young batted in the cleanup spot and went 3-for-5 with a run scored and a pair of RBI in his second start with the Dodgers on Wednesday.

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Young is likely to make his first start for the Dodgers on Tuesday, filling in for Juan Uribe at third base, the Dodgers' official site reports.

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Young will join the Dodgers on Monday, Dodgers.com's Ken Gurnick reports.

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2014

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2013

The Rangers spent $17 million for the worst regular in baseball, as Young was terrible in 2012 after hitting .338 in 2011. He was anemic against righties (.257/.291/.352) and passable against lefties, but that didn't stop Ron Washington from handing him 600 at-bats. Fortunately for the Rangers, they were able to find a taker in the Phillies in a December trade. As the regular third baseman in Philadelphia, he'll get decent counting stats, but is eligible only at the corner-infield spots in most formats (16 games at second base), and should get discounted severely in leagues that reward on-base or slugging percentage.

2012

Young got some misplaced MVP support despite being the third most valuable infielder on his own team, but it was a nice rebound season for Young who demanded a trade last winter after Texas' signing of Adrian Beltre. Young cut way back on his strikeouts, leading to a .338 average, but saw his power all but evaporate (including just three homers after the All-Star break despite a .357 average). He's miscast as cleanup hitter, but that's not likely to change without a big addition to the Texas lineup via free agency, and he doesn't provide any sort of value defensively despite being used all over the infield. Young will likely just be corner-infield eligible in most leagues (14 appearances at second base), making any sort of a decline to a .280/15/80 guy a pretty big hit at a power position. His health and placement in the Texas lineup should prevent massive erosion, however.

2011

Young's 2010 season was a sharp decline from 2009's bounce-back season, and there were rumors of Texas shopping him this winter to get out from under a contract that still calls for three years and about $50 million. He benefited from staying healthy in a solid lineup in a good ballpark, driving in 91 runs and scoring 99 times despite a poor .284/.330/.444 line. No longer middle-infield eligible, Young's second-half fade (.262/.302/.401) makes for a poor fit at third base.

2010

Young began the season requesting a trade in early January after Texas basically told him he was moving to third base to make room for Elvis Andrus. Those demands (or the team's failure to get a legitimate offer) soon ended the controversy, and Young enjoyed his best season since 2005. He battled some injuries, limiting him to 135 games and keeping him under 200 hits for the second straight year, but the 22 homers and .518 slugging reversed a three-year decline. There's obvious risk expecting a repeat season at age 33 given the three seasons preceding 2009, and he's no longer shortstop eligible, so be careful thinking that it's 2005 again.

2009

Young played through a fractured finger for much of the second half, and he failed to collect 200 hits for the first time since 2002. The decline has likely began in earnest (OPS has gone .817-.783-.741 the past three years), and it's readily apparent that 2005 was his peak. Unfortunately for Texas, Young's paycheck demands 2005's numbers, and they simply aren't there anymore. A .300-15-90 season at shortstop still has plenty of value in roto ball, but there are a bunch of signs pointing in the wrong direction if you're hoping for a big rebound.

2008

Young started slowly, but managed to hit .332/.384/.431 in his final 139 games to salvage his season. The power he showed a few years back has regressed, however, and his batting eye has followed suit. He's a likely candidate to rebound a bit, especially his power and run production, and he'll continue to have some value given his home park. Just don't bid expecting 2005 again.

2007

Young dipped a bit in 2006, failing to top 20 HR for the first time since 2003. He cranked out 200-plus hits for the fourth straight year, however, and the .314 mark was the second highest of his career. He's pretty consistent year-to-year and is a good bet to return to his .315-20-100 ways.

2006

Young hit better than .330 at home for the third straight season, but his .330/.384/.500 line away from Ameriquest was just as impressive. The power spike is going to stick, given his improved eye at the plate, and he's remarkably consistent. Young managed to drive in 75 runs in 136 games from the two-spot in the Texas order, though that number could decrease with David Dellucci's deal with the devil having expired.

2005

Last season Young cut down the strikeouts, boosted the walks and continued to murder pitching at home (.346 in 2004, .353 in 2003). His road numbers improved a good bit and the season totals reflect that. The power spike was accompanied by attaining a better batting eye, so there's good reason to think it will stick. He split time hitting in each of the top three spots in the order, so watch his value in 4 x 4 leagues if it looks like he'll hit leadoff more often in 2005 (those 99 RBI would disappear pretty quickly).

2004

Young hit .353 at home, and *slugged* .367 on the road; the source of Young's improvement overall is pretty apparent. There was a pretty dramatic improvement against RHP as well (.779 OPS in 2003 compared to .677 and .659 the previous two years). In addition to the massive home/road split, Young's walk rate dipped a bit as well, so expecting him to improve on 2003 isn't a wise move.

2003

Young is not going to hit well enough to help a contender, which is partly why Texas is considering moving Hank Blalock to second base. The leadoff experiment was a predictable disaster, and he's failed to show any development at the plate after being regarded as a decent prospect in the Toronto system. Alex Rodriguez raves about his defense, so it should be interesting to see how this all plays out once Blalock and Mark Teixeira are both ready for prime time. Young retains some value in standard leagues, in that he's a pretty safe 10 HR option, with the potential to approach 10 steals. His horrid on-base and high at-bat total weighs down his value in leagues that use non-traditional scoring categories. He could be pressed to get at-bats if Teixeira is ready or if Texas wants to try Frank Catalanotto again at second base. Watch his spring training role closely under new manager Buck Showalter. There's been some brief talk that Young might get a look in centerfield if Texas can't find one this winter and is serious about shifting Blalock to second in order to get Teixeira at-bats.