Mattingly said he did not broach the subject of what Young's role would be with the Dodgers. That seemed curious, since he made clear to reporters Saturday that Young would be a bench player.
Young, 36, is a 14-year veteran and seven-time All-Star. For the first time in his career, he will not be a regular.
"He really hasn't been a regular the last few years," Mattingly said. "He's been a guy playing part time and all over."
The latter is true, the former is not. Young has transitioned from an everyday shortstop into a third baseman into a player who has started at all four infield positions the last three seasons. In 2011 and 2012, before the
In 2011, however, he led the Rangers with 631 at-bats. In 2012, he had 611 at-bats. This season, he ranked second on the Phillies with 468 at-bats and played in all but 10 of their 136 games.