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The Arizona Diamondbacks are going to give the second baseman a new bat after the All-Star break.
Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers said on Monday that Chris Young will bat cleanup in the second half of the 2018 season, replacing the struggling A.J. Pollock.
The move is necessary because Young has been struggling offensively in June and has been hit hard by slumping pitcher Daniel Hudson in the second half of the season.
According to a report by The Athletic, Towers has hinted that he’s been looking into the idea of trading Young, since he had already been a first-ballot choice for the National League Gold Glove Award. A trade would involve a second baseman, who is not currently hitting well, and would be expensive.
A week earlier in his introductory press conference, Towers had said the team would explore a number of options before moving forward, including re-signing Josh Collmenter, who is hitting.190 with three home runs in April, and bringing in a hitter like Mike Zunino.
But now it looks like the Diamondbacks are going to give Young a fresh bat.
So will this be the end of A.J. Pollock in Arizona? What will Chris Young’s future hold? And what can the Diamondbacks do to fill the hole at second base?
With the Diamondbacks’ infield defense in shambles, a young player like A.J. Pollock has to come up to fill the next generation, and Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers has made it clear that the team is looking into moving A.J. Pollock before the trade deadline.
I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but the Diamondbacks have shown interest in trading A.J. Pollock for prospects. And A.J. Pollock has a lot