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Rangers may still be working to trade Young

Posted on: February 4, 2011 1:13 pm

YoungThe Rangers, despite all denials to the contrary, continue to explore a way to trade Michael Young, reports ESPN's Buster Olney.

And yep -- the Rockies are yet again one potential destination.

Despite Young's .280/.330/.444 mark with 21 homers, the lifelong Ranger (except for that whole coming up in the minors with the Blue Jays thing), could be on the move thanks to his contract, which has three years and $48 million remaining.

With the inking of Adrian Beltre, Young is expected to become the primary DH as well as play all over the infield. However, Young's bat doesn't quite translate to being a DH. Texas would likely prefer to shed its commitment to Young and bring Vladimir Guerrero back to DH.

Any deal of Young, though, would have to include Texas covering an ample amount of dollars. At this point, Young simply can't field (although he would be asked to do that in Colorado or likely any other place) and after five straight seasons of a batting average over .300, the 34-year-old has dropped below that mark in two of the last three years. Three years and $48 million is an awful lot to commit to someone who shows signs of declining and can't field.

But the Rockies have been linked to Young all offseason, and it's hard to fault them for that. For all of Young's deficiencies, he still remains an above-average contributor to a playoff club and the Rockies are one such team eager to play again in October. While Young could displace Ian Stewart at third, it is far more likely Young would take over the second base job, which is currently an open competition between Eric Young, Jr., Javier Herrera and Jose Lopez.

Colorado and Texas accomplished enough at the winter meetings in trade discussions that both sides have a good idea of what it would take to finish a deal -- but unless there are concessions made, there won't be any trades.

Other teams that might have interest could include the Toronto Blue Jays, who could slot Young in at third and keep Jose Bautista in right. How about the Angels, who still have money to burn and no one worthy of standing in Young's way at the hot corner? 

Could Detroit jump into the fracas and make Young the starting second baseman to boost the offense? Florida would make a lot of sense here, but the Marlins seem committed to prospect Matt Dominguez and the money is prohibitive. The Cubs could also come to play and boot Blake DeWitt from second base back to the bench, or the Giants could import Young to battle with Pablo Sandoval at third and Freddy Sanchez at short. And you can't rule out the Dodgers replacing Casey Blake at third and making Blake a super-utility player which is a position he is best for at this point anyways.

Lots of options. But in the end, it all depends how much money each respective team can afford to take on.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Jun 6, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2011 4:50 pm

Rangers may still be working to trade Young

A front line starter for Young would be nice.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2011 4:28 pm

Rangers may still be working to trade Young

Off all people I would think Nolan Ryan would know a little bit about loyalty but I guess I am wrong. Micheal Young has Done everything that the Rangers have ever asked he is a consummate professional. A natural SS has been moved to2nd and third to accommodate the Rangers other players. I hope he does move to the Rockies at least he would be wanted. Micheal Young would get along Great with Troy Tulowitski .

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2011 4:01 pm

Rangers may still be working to trade Young

The Mets aren't eating any contracts. Obviously, you haven't been keeping up. Why would they bring in a 34 year old when they are unlikely to compete this year? You want them to pay Young 16M and still buy out Castillo? Do you want to give the Rangers one of the few Met assets, too? Lucky? Lucky if you don't get lost in an elevator.        
;     &nbs

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2011 3:54 pm

Rangers may still be working to trade Young

Young was a SS in the minors & switched to 2B because Texas signed AROD. His first 2 or so years he played 2B & then moved to SS when Texas traded AROD & then moved to 3B the last 2 years so Texas can play Andrus @ SS

Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2011 3:16 pm

Rangers may still be working to trade Young

Did Young start his career at 2B and then moved over to SS and later to 3B; if he can play 2B, I would love to have him playing for the Mets...Mets eat up Castillo's contract and go for Young.

Since: Mar 26, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2011 2:42 pm


My first thought as a Tigers' fan was Young would be a great fit at 2B.  Upon further thought though is Young is old and Tigers are trying to get younger.  The contract also isn't Tiger friendly.  The third strike is that I would hate for them to give up quality prospects (which TEX would want fo' sho').  So I don't think DET will really be in this mix.  (he sure would be a great #2 hitter though behing A Jackson and in front of Maggs...)

Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2011 1:51 pm

Could be a nice fit in Toronto ?

With compensation , I would like to see him land in Toronto , but  , what would Texas be interested in from the Blue Jays , for that matter  , what are they interested in from the Rockies ? Anyone have info on this ?

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