Predictably, Texas has struggled to find a new home for Young. The reasons are varied, but they all start with money at No. 1. With three years and $48 million remaining on Young's deal and production that is not commensurate with said salary, it is difficult for the Rangers to find a home for Young while at the same time ensuring their team either improves or does not take a step backward. It doesn't help that the Rangers are resisting calls to cover a large chunk of the now-DH's contract.
While Young would likely provide an upgrade to Melvin Mora at the hot corner, there's one major roadblock standing in the way. Yep: Money.
It appears that Texas would have to pick up at least $20 million of Young's deal to facilitate a trade, but even then it would be difficult for the club to come away with a player that can make a real impact on the team. Arizona, meanwhile, is not swimming in dollars now that the days of Jerry Colangelo are gone. In fact, the Diamondbacks are set to have a payroll in the $55-$60 million range, and Arizona isn't in a position to move significantly past that number.
Steve Gilbert of MLB.com chimed in on the rumors, saying that Arizona inquired on Young shortly after he demanded a trade, but nothing has come of it since.
Here's betting nothing will, at least when it comes to rumors of Young heading to the desert.
-- Evan Brunell