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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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Comments

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2011 6:43 pm
 

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

This guy is a class act as well as an excellent hitter.  I'd say he is to the Rangers what Jeter is to the Yankees.  It amazes me how little BOTH organizations think of these veterans as they both approach the ends of their careers.

My predictions for 2011:  Jeter has an incredible bounce back year, silencing all the critics who said he was stealing Yankees money, and Young has an incredible season, playing next to Tulo in Colorado!



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2011 3:11 pm
 

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

Disgusting what they are doing to a class act like Michael Young, Beltre had one good season and they throw Young away, ridiculous!



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2011 11:49 am
 

Texas Has No Clue What They Are Doing!

After reaching the World Series last year, Texas now thinks that they are the Yankees, throwing big bucks around, chasing players that aren't worth it.  I think that Philadelphia and the entire world will find out that Cliff Lee is not even close to being worth what he was paid, but there the Rangers were, right in the thick of the chase.  Adran Beltre only hits during a contract year, and there Texas was paying way too much for him.  Now they have to trade Young, a fan favorite who puts people in seats, because of what they paid Beltre.  I just get the idea that they are clueless in Texas' front office. 



Since: Dec 24, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2011 9:20 am
 

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

From what I've heard from Rangers fans, Young's defense isn't what it used to be, so why would Colorado even consider starting him at 2B?  Does this make any sense at all?  Perhaps some Rangers fans, and Rockies fans, can educate me a little bit here.

I had the same thought when I first read about the possible trade. After giving it some thought, I surmised that at second base, Michael Youngs original position, he could be protected by Tulowitzki, (the Rockies SS) defensively. I understand their SS is a solid defensive player. Also, I think Young's legs are still O.K. and maybe that extra distance from home plate gives him more time to react to tricky hops on the ball.

Young isn't a bad player, he's just a bad third baseman. And there are limited opportunities to use him to his fullest in Texas, now that all the bases are filled with better position players. Personally, I hope Texas moves him before he becomes a 10-5 player which limits the club in how and where they could move him in the future. That and the fact that I believe Napoli will be a better DH than Young would be.



Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2011 7:37 am
 

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

From what I've heard from Rangers fans, Young's defense isn't what it used to be, so why would Colorado even consider starting him at 2B?  Does this make any sense at all?  Perhaps some Rangers fans, and Rockies fans, can educate me a little bit here.



Since: Dec 27, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2011 12:05 am
 

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

"Texas loses Lee, signs the ultimate slacker in Beltre and wants to deal a gritty productive player like Young? They're letting the Angels feel good about themselves all-of-a-sudden. Imo, this would be a dumb move.

Texas is still a playoff contender, but they'll be weakening themselves in a league where 92 wins may not be enough to get you into the playoffs. If the Rangers underestimate the Angels, it will be at their peril. They're getting a good player in Wells and Morales is returning. The Angels always seem to find a way and Scoscia is the best there is."

 

While I think Texas is relying far too heavily on some over-achievers in their roation (not to mention Hamilton's resilience) this is laughable.  Wells is a joke.  He is going to to be the second highest paid player in the American League and is going to prvoide little in return, maybe .290, 25 HR and 90 RBI..hardly $23 million worth.  The trade for him was horrible BEFORE Napoli got flipped back to a division rival.





Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2011 11:55 pm
 

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

That Wells deal was a laughing stock. Not to mention, Daniels maneuvered for Napoli... making the Angels look even dumber. What sport have you been watching for the past year??



Since: May 10, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2011 10:37 pm
 

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

I'd love to see Young in Denver, we've really been lacking at second base the last few years.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2011 10:29 pm
 

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

Texas loses Lee, signs the ultimate slacker in Beltre and wants to deal a gritty productive player like Young? They're letting the Angels feel good about themselves all-of-a-sudden. Imo, this would be a dumb move.

Texas is still a playoff contender, but they'll be weakening themselves in a league where 92 wins may not be enough to get you into the playoffs. If the Rangers underestimate the Angels, it will be at their peril. They're getting a good player in Wells and Morales is returning. The Angels always seem to find a way and Scoscia is the best there is.



Fire Childress
Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2011 9:56 pm
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