The 36-year-old infielder is the best chance Ruben Amaro Jr. has at making a trade before Wednesday's 4 p.m. deadline. The general manager is listening to all offers, although much of his roster is not desired by opposing teams. Chatter throughout baseball centered on Cliff Lee. He is the best available player - yes, he is available - and most speculation tied him to Boston.
A deal is not probable, especially after the Red Sox reportedly swung a deal for Jake Peavy late Tuesday. The Phillies want Boston to assume the $70 million remaining on Lee's deal and send them Xander Bogaerts, one of the game's top prospects, among other minor-leaguers. One scout with knowledge of Boston's minor-league system labeled Bogaerts "a clear bit above everyone else." That is why the Red Sox are reluctant to deal him and why the Phillies insist that he be included.
If Amaro does not receive what he wants by Wednesday, he will keep Lee. The trade discussions can be revisited in the winter or next July, when any acquiring team will still have a year-plus of Lee's services. The Phillies believe their best chance at winning in 2014 is with Lee and Cole Hamels atop the rotation. There is no rush to move him, unless the return is right.
The pie in the sky is Bogaerts, a 20-year-old infielder. He has adapted without a hitch at triple A. Baseball America ranked him the game's eighth-best prospect entering 2013. His status has only risen since then. Phillies officials can dream about a left side of the infield of Bogaerts and Maikel Franco.
If Bogaerts is in the discussion, the Phillies also could ask for righthander Brandon Workman. They selected him in the third round of the 2007 draft but did not reach an agreement. The Red Sox drafted him in 2010 as a second-round pick.
Outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and lefthander Henry Owens are Boston's top prospects besides Bogaerts. But Bogaerts is the key to any deal.
A trade of Young will not reap top prospects. A report by Foxsports.com said that Young will accept a trade only to Texas. If that's true, it severely limits the Phillies' chances of moving him. (It is believed that Young will ease his stance on the demand.)
"I want to make sure this is a good relationship from start to finish," Young said before Tuesday's game. "Like I said, I don't think there is anything right now that is imminent, so my thoughts are on the game right now."
Young said a large part of his consideration is his family; an illness to his young son, Antonio, forced him to leave the team for five days in June. They live in Dallas.
In all likelihood, the deadline will pass with Young's being dealt to a contender in a minor trade. Amaro's hands are tied by no-trade clauses and older, overpaid players. Young could not predict where he would be on Wednesday.
"It's difficult to say," he said. "I really don't know. I don't know."
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