Everything is perfect, but there is a lot of room for improvement. --- Shunryu Suzuki-roshi
I don't see the appeal of Young, although I fear this is the move we'll make.
The Reds are very much built to win now. They have a relatively set roster, but an industry source indicated this week that Cincinnati has been quite aggressive on the trade market.
The Reds could sit tight, but they certainly could pursue something like an outfield bat -- which could then put them squarely at odds with the Pirates, who also could use just that. Whether one move would beget another is less clear, but it's at least possible
I don't know much about Young's defense. That said, I would welcome another .275 hitter in the lineup with Frazier moving into the 3b/LF rotation role like last year. The Reds probably feel like they need to score more runs to catch the Cards. A player like Young can come up big, IMO. I've always liked the player, wouldn't mind it much at all as a rental with potential for hitting .300+ down the stretch. Might have the most value on the market.
That said, I kind of hope there is a reliever or something else coming back. I don't know. Heisey is a strong candidate to do really well in the 2nd half and brings defense. Ludwick catching fire in September makes any trade we can make in LF moot. If Young is a bench player, then great either way. He's played in the WS and that's where this team is heading.
Michael Young .342/.405/.747
Posting since I haven't seen anyone else do so
"But I do know Joey's sister indirectly (or foster sister) and I have heard stories of Joey being into shopping, designer wear, fancy coffees, and pedicures."
I am against him playing SS - that would be like trying to race the Indianapolis 500 in a 1998 mustang.