Will Michael Young hit sixth in lineup?
Young led all big leaguers in at-bats and hits from the No. 2 lineup spot a year ago, and while much of the attention on the veteran this winter has been about position changes and trade requests, the fact is Young remains productive. He's a career .300 hitter who still provides 20-plus home runs and a healthy number of doubles, RBIs and runs scored. Move him down in the order, after Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz (the proposed 3-4-5 hitters) and he would likely knock in a few more runs, but also score fewer. Plus, he'd bat fewer times. That I don't like. If a guy is going to hit .300, I want the most at-bats possible so it has the largest impact. Moving from the No. 2 slot to sixth costs, on average, more than 100 at-bats over the course of an entire season. Would you rather have Ichiro Suzuki hit sixth? I sure wouldn't.
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