The Los Angeles Dodgers went out and got Michael Young off waivers from the Phillies recently and now they have an issue. Where are they going to play him? In the infield you have Adrian Gonzalez, Mark Ellis, Nick Punto, Hanley Ramirez and Juan Uribe. That’s five players for four positions.
Young is getting older and can’t play every day, so there is always the option of playing him on other players off days. Well you will run into an issue there, when no one needs a day off. If I am Don Mattingly and the Dodgers, you have to play Young at third base as much as possible. Young is a lot better defender than Uribe is, and they can both come up with some timely hits. Young has been a great leader before in Texas and I believe he can be that guy again in Los Angeles.
The Dodgers can play Young at third base and bat him fifth every chance they get and have a better lineup than having Uribe in the game. Uribe could be a great bat off the bench in the late innings if needed. Young doesn’t matter where he plays, or how much, as long as he wins. The thing is the Dodgers have a better chance of winning with him on the field.
Don’t be stupid Mattingly, get Young on the field as much as possible.