As of now, the Phillies’ top internal options for third base include Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis, so general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. is considering alternatives in the free agent and trade markets.
According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Phillies have “some interest” in a trade in a possible trade with the Rangers for Michael Young. Young, who turned 36 in October, is owed $16 million next season in the final year of a five-year, $80 million extension. Of course, he has 10-and-5 rights, so he can control his destiny. But he has expressed interest in a trade in the past and the Rangers are willing to listen.
The Rangers would likely have to cover some of Young’s 2013 salary in order to make a deal feasible after he batted .277/.312/.370 with eight homers and a career-low .682 OPS this past season.
Cubs infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with back soreness. The move is retroactive to April 14. While it doesn’t appear to be the precursor to any serious injury, Zobrist has already missed six straight days of activity after feeling his back tighten up last weekend. Should he see the minimum time on the DL, as expected, he’ll be eligible to return by the start of the Cubs’ series against the Indians on Tuesday.
Prior to his injury, the 36-year-old outfielder raked an impressive .326/.408/.465 with three extra-base hits in 49 plate appearances. He last appeared for the Cubs during their homestand last weekend and helped propel the team to a 14-10 win over the Braves with three hits, two walks and two RBI. Provided that he can remain healthy going forward, it’s a promising start for the veteran outfielder, who has yet to return to the All-Star-worthy numbers he posted with the club in 2016.
With Zobrist sidelined for the time being, Ian Happ and Albert Almora Jr. have shared the leadoff spot and center field duties over the last week. Happ went 0-for-8 with six strikeouts in two games before passing the baton to Almora, who collected five hits and two RBI in 11 at-bats.