Dodgers believe Juan Uribe will go elsewhere, may turn to Michael Young


The Dodgers have an interest in Michael Young.

Done screaming yet?


The Dodgers have an interest in Michael Young to be their starting third baseman in 2014.

Commence screaming again.

I’m trying not to overreact here, but just the mention of interest in Young as utility infielder was enough to make me recoil a bit because of his limited defensive profile and declining bat, but now they’re looking at him as an everyday guy?

I don’t think I need to restate the case against Young other than to say that he has been worth about -2.4 WAR cumulatively in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Young’s going to be 37 years old, and probably projects to be a five-win downswing for the team if he starts there, very likely worse if he continues to age poorly.

As far as Juan Uribe goes, last we heard both the Marlins and White Sox apparently weren’t showing interest in him, but the Rays were … as a first baseman. That was before they re-signed James Loney to a three-year, $21 million deal though, so I’m not sure who the alternatives are for Uribe. Regardless, something must be out there if the Dodgers are taking this desperate of a leap.

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