According to Erik Boland and Steven Marcus of Newsday, the Yankees are "very much interested" in Michael Young to help out the team's current question marks at second and third base. Young, who turned 37 in October, managed to hit .279/.335/.395 with a 102 wRC+ in 565 combined plate appearances with the Phillies and Dodgers last season. This came after hitting a career-worst .277/.312/.370 with a 79 wRC+ with the Rangers in 2012. Young can play third, second, short, and even first base, so he would, in theory, be a decent fit. Although Young can "play" almost anywhere, it doesn't necessarily mean he's that good. Young played primarily third base last summer and recorded a -20.2 UZR/150 and -20 DRS in 107 games and nearly 900 innings. He was so bad defensively last year that he was worth -0.6 fWAR despite hitting moderately well. In his career at the hot corner, Young has recorded a -12.2 UZR/150 and -55 DRS in 465 games. He's also been bad at shortstop (-10.2 UZR/150, -82 DRS, 776 career games), second base (-1.7 UZR/150, -11 DRS, 448 games), and first base (-6.1 UZR/150, -10 DRS, 111 games).
Yankees are "very much interested" in Michael Young
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