Cody Asche will be promoted to the majors to replace Steve Susdorf, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com confirmed Tuesday. Initially, that seemed to indicate Michael Young would be dealt at any minute, but Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported around 1 p.m. that Young is only willing to accept a deal to the Rangers.
Young has a full no-trade clause and can block any deal. For weeks, it seemed as though he knew his fate and was willing to leave Philadelphia to play for a winner. But his family -- and his heart, apparently -- is still in Texas. That takes a lot of leverage away from the Phillies.
The Rangers were reportedly in on Young, but earlier in the week backed off of him. The Red Sox, Yankees and Orioles were three other rumored desinations. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that Young is not headed to the Yankees.
Asche hit .295/.352/.485 at Triple-A this season after batting .324 with a .849 OPS last year.
Lee and Bogaerts
The Phillies' reported asking price for Cliff Lee from the Red Sox -- his most interested suitor -- is shortstop/third base prospect Xander Bogaerts, pitcher Brandon Workman and a major-league ready outfielder. That according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.
The Phillies are wise for asking for Bogaerts, but it's highly unlikely it happens. Bogaerts is seen by most as the next Manny Machado. In four minor-league seasons he's hit .296/.374/.495 with well-above-average power. He plays shortstop now but projects as a big-league third baseman.
The Phils don't need to trade Lee, so they shouldn't take anything less than a top-notch, close-to-sure-thing prospect like Bogaerts. Any team acquiring Lee could use his services to contend for not just the 2013 World Series, but titles in 2014 and 2015 as well.