An industry source told King that the Red Sox "want him badly." The two teams have yet to discuss any trade possibilities, a different source told Rob Bradford of WEEI.
Young is spending his first season in Philadelphia after playing for the Texas Rangers for 13 seasons. The veteran entered Saturday hitting .289/.348/.412 in 302 plate appearances. Young will make $16 million this year, although the Rangers are paying $13 million of his salary, and he's eligible for free agency in the offseason.
Will Middlebrooks started the season as the Red Sox everyday third baseman, but struggled offensively, hitting .192/.228/.389 in 216 plate appearances. Boston optioned Middlebrooks to Triple-A on Tuesday, with Jose Iglesias replacing Middlebrooks at third. Iglesias has hit a scorching .419/.467/.548 in 137 plate appearances, but only hit .202/.262/.319 in 133 plate appearances at Triple-A before his promotion.