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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: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2011 9:37 pm
 

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

Ok Ok...so I have said the same when they traded Buddy Bell, Kevin Brown,Ivan Rodriguez, signed Alex Rodriguez, made countless other stupid moves that hurt them in the long run & yet, I can't NOT be a Ranger fan! I have tried & tried, but as someone MISTAKELY pointed out, I am a TRUE fan...fanatic. That means that I am loyal, just get mad at what I don't like. Do they know what they are doing & that's why they are the ones in charge..I sure hope so (although that hasn't been the case that often), doesn't meanthat I don't have an emotional stake in their actions, not to mention the countless amount of dollars that I have spent being a fan for all the years.



Since: Sep 8, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2011 9:12 pm
 

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

RobM27
He loves the team and has moved position several times without complaining.
Last time they moved him from ss to 3b he asked for a trade. Young is a porus defender at every position he plays. Did you not see the playoffs this past year? Do some research next time.



Since: Jul 18, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2011 8:52 pm
 

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

This will be fun to see.  Who will be on the DL more Young or Tulowitzki.  Joke, such broken down players.......Forget the Rockies getting off to a fast start with these broken down players in the frigid air of Coors Fiels.  Sad.  So much money, so little playing time.  I hope mthey have some rookies to fill in.

Obviously, a used Wilson baseball has more knowledge of the game than you.   Poor jealous D-back fan, here's hoping you can get to 4th this year.

Defiler, you are right, Chrios Nelson has the most upside of any Rockie candidate at 2nd.    I thinkthis could help Rockies short term, but I would hate to delay Nelson and Herrera development, both these guys and EY Jr. have great upside.



Since: Sep 8, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2011 8:25 pm
 

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

This is why fans are fans and can never be a GM, President or Owner of any kind of sports franchise. Fans think with their hearts and not with their heads. Some of you have stated you would not be a fan of the Rangers if he is traded, really? If that is the case you are not a true fan anyway. Sure Young has done a lot for the Rangers but have they not doen a lot for him as well? Check out his huge contract to find this answer.

Not to mention will you turn in your fan card if you find out it was Young that asked for a trade? Young is a minus defender and if you watched any games this year or since he has been here you would know that hell just look at the playoffs this past year. Sure he won a Gold Glove but so did Raffy playing DH and only played 1b for 25 games. GG mean nothing when handed out like this. Enough about his defense his offense is going south as well. Go ahead and turn in your Rangers fan card now. I want what is best for the Rangers.



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2011 7:37 pm
 

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

There ya go rockies!! Im glad they are at least trying period.



Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: February 5, 2011 6:53 pm
 

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

I am very hopeful this trade will go through with the Rockies.  Listen I love what Michael Young has done for the team.  If it is true that Young is unhappy with his current role then he must go if it is possible.  I believe the team feels his level of play will fall off in the next 1-2 years just like the second half of 2010.  At 16 million per year he needs to hit .330 or hit 30 HR's.  He will not do either.  Any position that he fills in at as the super sub will have sub-par defense.  I think Young would be happier to play everyday in Colorado.  Even at a subsidy of 10-15 million per year, I think it should be done.  It gives the team more flexibility next season and more money for Nelly, Josh Hamiltion or CJ Wilson.  Unless they subsidize more than half of the Young's deal I am all for it.  I believe there are enough veterans on the team to fill the leadership role.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2011 6:40 pm
 

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

Chris Nelson would be a better option for the Rangers over E. Young or Lopez, if they are really bent on trading MY. He's not exactly more durable than the other two but his speed/power upside is severely underrated.







Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

New Ranger$ ownership really makin a huge mistake here as Young has been a solid player & team leader. Yo Adrian Beltre will burn them, the hefty #`s he put up in the bandbox Fenway will fade and they`ll be paying for an unhappy moody A-hole. I think it`s a great move if the Rockies get him. Aaron Cook is rubbish, but that`s just the kinda of meatballer the Ranger$ will roll with no Cliff Lee. They may still win the weak West, but as usual goin nowhere Ranger$.



Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

This is absolute non-sense. If they do this, I WILL NOT be a Ranger fan!!! He has done nothing but be the ultimate player & teammate & they now want to just throw him aside??? Nolan are you really that dumb???



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: February 5, 2011 6:05 pm
 

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

  I think that this is a huge mistake, not from the playing perspective, but his ability to lead.  Michael Young has lead this team by example,  I just don't think that he can be replaced in the clubhouse. 



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