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Los Angeles Dodgers trade for Michael Young

Michael YoungThe Los Angeles Dodgers continue to add players in preparation for their playoff run.

According to FOX’s Ken Rosenthal, the Dodgers have acquired Michael Young from the Philadelphia Phillies. Rosenthal says Young waived his no-trade clause to come to the NL West-leading Dodgers.

Young is batting .276 with a .731 OPS this season. The 36-year-old has mostly played third base this season, though he has also played first. He can play the two middle infield positions and figures to give Dodgers manager Don Mattingly several options, mostly at third and possibly at second.

Young may compete with Juan Uribe for playing time at third base. Uribe is batting .272 with a .727 OPS, which is a similar stat line to Young. The Dodgers also have Mark Ellis and Skip Schumaker playing second, so Young could split with them.

Young is in the final season of a five-year, $80 million contract. He has earned $16 million for the past three seasons and was considered to be one of the most overpaid players in baseball.

The Phillies are receiving left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen in return. Rasmussen was a second-round pick in 2010 by the Miami Marlins. The former UCLA pitcher went 3-4 with a 2.55 ERA at Double-A this season, but he struggled going 0-7 with a 6.46 ERA in Triple-A.

The Phillies are kicking in some cash as part of the trade. By beating the Sept. 1 deadline, Young will be eligible for the Dodgers’ postseason roster.

Michael Young Caught Picking His Nose During World Series (Picture)

That is Rangers DH/infielder Michael Young making his finest pick of the World Series.

Don’t worry, Mike, we’re not picking on you; I can barely keep my fingers out of my nose long enough to bang out a few stories here at LBS.

Keep it up, brother.

Pic via @cjzero

2011 MLB All-Star Game Snubs: American League

Compared to the National League All-Star team, the fans did a poor job voting on the American League team. Most of the reasonable complaints regarding snubs are from the AL team. We already gave you the All-Star Game snubs from the National League.

Here are the American League All-Star team snubs:

Jhonny Peralta over Derek Jeter at SS

This is a no-brainer. The fans vomited on themselves with this one, probably because a) Jeter is so popular and b) most of them don’t know who Peralta is. Asdrubal Cabrera made the team as the backup shortstop and he should be starting. Peralta should be the backup.

Paul Konerko over Michael Young as 1B/INF

Paul Konerko being left off the team is the biggest snub of MLB. He has a .954 OPS which is fourth-best in the entire AL. It’s a joke that he’s not on the team and it’s criminal that Ron Washington stuck him in the fan vote. Instead of carrying three catchers, Washington should have put Konerko on the team over either Martin or Wieters. At the least, he should be there over Young who is good but can’t mash the way Konerko can.

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Rays Burned After Controversial Michael Young Check Swing

If the Buster Posey stolen base was the controversy of Game 1 between the Braves and Giants, then Michael Young’s check swing was the equivalent in the Rays/Rangers ALDS. Young was up with men on first and second in the 5th inning and facing reliever Chad Qualls. Young had two strikes on him and appeared to go around on a check swing that would have resulted in a strikeout. On the appeal to the first base umpire, Young was ruled safe and got to continue his at-bat. Young belted the next pitch to deep center for a three-run home run giving the Rangers a 5-0 lead. They went on to win 6-0 and take a 2-0 ALDS lead on the Rays. In case you missed it, here’s the controversial check swing:

While the call was wrong, the Rays have less of a gripe than the Braves. Tampa Bay was already down 2-0 and has only managed one run in the entire series. Even if Young was punched out (as he should have been), Josh Hamilton singled and that would have scored a run to make it 3-0. Besides, the Rays need to hit — they’ve only scored one run in two games. Their inability to score consistently plagued them during the season and seems to be their problem in the postseason.