Young, 34, has been an integral part of the Rangers for the last nine seasons, constantly banging out big hits while playing at second, short and most recently third. The problem is Young is getting no younger and is approaching -- if he hasn't already -- liability status with the glove.
(In fact, it wouldn't be the worst idea in the world if the Rangers went after Adrian Beltre and shoved Young to first base.)
Young has three years left on his deal with an average annual salary of $16 million, which is significant dollars to give to someone who is just solid with the bat, not otherworldly. He hit .284/.330/.444 in 2010, although that came after 2009's .322/.374/.518 total. Young is generally good for around 20 home runs and good batting average but has also benefited greatly from his home park.
While Texas would probably love to shed his contract for a young, cost-controlled player, it's hard to fathom any other club being interested. Young will likely be swapped for another player with an onerous contract who still provides value on the field.
Who are those players?
Carlos Zambrano from the Cubs springs to mind. Other than that... well, the rest have warts, such as Vernon Wells of the Jays and his heavily backloaded deal... Carlos Lee and his inability to play defense... Alfonso Soriano could return to his former club but where would he play?
There isn't much room here for a high-salary swap to be had. Zambrano seems to be the best bet, and the Cubs could move Aramis Ramirez to first base.
This is one trade that doesn't seem to have any shot of happening although Texas certainly wouldn't mind if it did to clear up cash for Cliff Lee.
UPDATE: Nolan Ryan did not deny the availability of Young, as Danny Knobler reports. Ryan also doesn't intend Young to shift to first base as the president loves Mitch Moreland.
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