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Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

Posted on: February 5, 2011 1:11 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2011 1:14 pm
YoungIn trade rumors that won't die, Michael Young's name has been rather prominent.

But a conclusion to the saga could be coming soon, with FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reporting that Young could be traded as soon as Monday to the Colorado Rockies, which would make him its second baseman.

Word surfaced Friday that Texas was still discussing Young with multiple teams, but it's narrowed back down to the Rockies, Rosenthal reports and talks are at an advanced stage, which means that the players are likely largely settled on. It's unknown who could be going back to Texas, but Eric Young, Jr. and Jose Lopez have been part of discussions. Texas earlier rejected Young, Jr. due to concerns about a stress fracture while Lopez isn't exactly a top second baseman as the Rangers know all too well from his Mariner days which came to a close last season.

To pull off such a deal for Michael Young, due $48 million over the last three years of his contract, Texas would either need to eat a high amount or Colorado will have to part with another high-salaried player. Rosenthal wonders about Aaron Cook, who could slide into Texas' rotation. Colorado would be able to move Cook given they acquired Felipe Paulino from Houston earlier in the offseason.

Any deal that is consummated will have to have the hurdles of how much money the Rangers are sending, along with the quantity and quality of players. The more money Texas sends, the more right they have to demand a top player. And the Rangers are looking for such a player, as Young is a fan favorite and leader. It's not easy to replace these things, especially if your return is only Jose Lopez.

Of course, Texas could just back out and keep Young as their DH and reserve infielder. Texas' comments to this effect the last few days have served as "mixed messages," so Colorado isn't entirely clear on whether or not they have a real shot at the third baseman.

For Young's part, while he's said all the right things publicly including not wanting to be traded, he has communicated privately he is unhappy about what his role will be in 2011. And now's the time to trade Young while teams are still looking to bolster holes.

Young has a limited no-trade clause, but Colorado is not on it. He will gain full rights this summer as a 10-and-5 player, however, so if the Rangers ever want to be able to trade him and not have to seek his approval, now's the time.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: May 7, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 11:26 am

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

If the Rockies can get Michael Young and somehow unload Aaron Cook and his contract, this trade would be a home run for the Rockies! Please let this happen!

Since: Oct 16, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2011 12:14 am

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2011 3:37 pm

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

Not good for the Giants.

Fire Childress
Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2011 2:48 pm
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Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2011 1:38 pm

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

If the Angels are smart they should wait for Young to land with the Rockies and then pull a Texas Ranger and trade for him with the Rockies.

So Wells and Young for Napoli!!!

Great swap!!!

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2011 10:55 am

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

He should be a Phillie!  The Phils need a RH bat and Young is more than capable of playing LF or RF.  Let him be your everyday 5 hole hitter, and platoon Ben Francisco, Ibanez, and Dom Brown.  You can give Blanton and a prospect back to the Rangers, and ask TX to pick up say $4mm of the 2011 contract for Young.  I think this helps both teams.  Or... Give TX Blanton and Ibanez and ask for no cash from TX.  Ibanez would be a great DH and could spell Hamilton out in LF when he needs to rest his wheels.  I think these pieces fit really well for both teams and it hopefully will be, has been, or is currently being explored.  Rueben you have done a great job so far, and we have a 2-3 window to be become something really special.  Be creative and get RF or LF fixed and find that RH bat we so desperately need. 

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2011 9:52 am

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

This is a good fit for him. I wish Michael the best of luck in Colorado. 

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2011 8:06 am

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

Michael  Young has been the consumate team player for the Rangers since they got him. First , he played 2nd base when they signed Alex Rodriguez from the Mariners. Then, they moved him to SS after trading ARod, and he played pretty well. Then to make room for Elvis Andrus, he switched to 3B...OK, he wasn't a great third baseman, but he still hit pretty well. He's a lifetime .300 hitter who can hit 20 home runs and drive in 80 runs or so. He plays multiple positions and can DH. What more do you want from a guy?

The Rangers are foolish to get rid of him, but I think they see the handwriting on the wall after signing Adrian Beltre...I'm not impressed with him either. He's only topped 100 RBIs twice in his career...once with the Dodgers and the other with the Red Sox, and both in contract years. Does that tell yo usomething. Plus, Young is a clubhouse leader and has pretty good stats, better than Beltre...

I aso understand baseball is a business and you can't keep a guy who makes 16 million a year as a utility player and DH...sad. I think the Rangers will miss him and the team who gets him will love having him.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2011 12:03 am

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

The Rangers would take Aramis Ramirez's failures and big deal and the Cubs could take a good hitter in return.  Oh wait, that would take a GM would isn't pining after Milton Bradley or other has beens and not one who see's a way to get out of a crap deal.

Since: May 22, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2011 12:02 am

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

Your prediction about Jeter is laughable...But I agree about the rest. Young is a class act and he is getting shit on by the rangers once again....Shame

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