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Rangers may still be working to trade Young

Posted on: February 4, 2011 1:13 pm
 

YoungThe Rangers, despite all denials to the contrary, continue to explore a way to trade Michael Young, reports ESPN's Buster Olney.

And yep -- the Rockies are yet again one potential destination.

Despite Young's .280/.330/.444 mark with 21 homers, the lifelong Ranger (except for that whole coming up in the minors with the Blue Jays thing), could be on the move thanks to his contract, which has three years and $48 million remaining.

With the inking of Adrian Beltre, Young is expected to become the primary DH as well as play all over the infield. However, Young's bat doesn't quite translate to being a DH. Texas would likely prefer to shed its commitment to Young and bring Vladimir Guerrero back to DH.

Any deal of Young, though, would have to include Texas covering an ample amount of dollars. At this point, Young simply can't field (although he would be asked to do that in Colorado or likely any other place) and after five straight seasons of a batting average over .300, the 34-year-old has dropped below that mark in two of the last three years. Three years and $48 million is an awful lot to commit to someone who shows signs of declining and can't field.

But the Rockies have been linked to Young all offseason, and it's hard to fault them for that. For all of Young's deficiencies, he still remains an above-average contributor to a playoff club and the Rockies are one such team eager to play again in October. While Young could displace Ian Stewart at third, it is far more likely Young would take over the second base job, which is currently an open competition between Eric Young, Jr., Javier Herrera and Jose Lopez.

Colorado and Texas accomplished enough at the winter meetings in trade discussions that both sides have a good idea of what it would take to finish a deal -- but unless there are concessions made, there won't be any trades.

Other teams that might have interest could include the Toronto Blue Jays, who could slot Young in at third and keep Jose Bautista in right. How about the Angels, who still have money to burn and no one worthy of standing in Young's way at the hot corner? 

Could Detroit jump into the fracas and make Young the starting second baseman to boost the offense? Florida would make a lot of sense here, but the Marlins seem committed to prospect Matt Dominguez and the money is prohibitive. The Cubs could also come to play and boot Blake DeWitt from second base back to the bench, or the Giants could import Young to battle with Pablo Sandoval at third and Freddy Sanchez at short. And you can't rule out the Dodgers replacing Casey Blake at third and making Blake a super-utility player which is a position he is best for at this point anyways.

Lots of options. But in the end, it all depends how much money each respective team can afford to take on.

-- Evan Brunell

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Comments

Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2011 12:11 pm
 

Rangers may still be working to trade Young

Joe Blanton was one of the leaders in home runs given up, he would be aweful pitching in Texas; and he isn't a better option than Tommy Hunter, Scott Feldman or Matt Harrison.



Since: Feb 5, 2011
Posted on: February 5, 2011 10:58 am
 

Rangers may still be working to trade Young

Exactly MisterSimple, I've been expecting at least hearing that the 2 teams are talking. Utley to the outfield probably extends his career, so it should be in the Phils plans. We can then let Raul walk, I think they'll have to find a spot for John Singleton who looks like he's gonna rake in  the Pros. but who knows how close they think he is. Anyway the Phils are all in and Michael Young is to good& consistent a hitter to not consider it.



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: February 5, 2011 10:30 am
 

Rangers may still be working to trade Young

Well now that Vlad has signed with the O's, I guess Young is pretty much the new Ranger DH.  Someone explain to me how the Rangers can publicly say that he can no longer field his position as stated above, but at the same time try to trade him to a National League team where there is no DH.  If this guy isn't the definition of a team player, then who is?  The Rangers keep tradeing and bringing people up to take his position, he moves on to another position and playes that and produces and now they want to trade him.  Pay him the money he's due, show a bit of respect to the player for once, and watch him hit like everyone knows he can, .280 with 21 HRs isn't exactly scrapyard numbers you know.



Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: February 5, 2011 6:39 am
 

Rangers may still be working to trade Young

How about the Angels? True, there is no one to block him from playing 3B on the team. His age is no factor as he would fit right in with Abreau, Hunter, and Wells. After failing to get who they really needed (Crawford), why not Young? He'll hit better than the other weak alternatives.



Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2011 4:48 am
 

Rangers may still be working to trade Young

After reading the Guerroro signing, this is an incredibly stupid article. Not just because its suggestion that the Rangers would like to "bring Vladimir Guerrero back to DH," but because there are no sources sited or even suggested. This may as well be me making up a random drunk thought that I think is reasonable. CBS and other sites need to actually consider reporting and what that used to mean, and what it should still mean.



Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: February 5, 2011 4:48 am
 

Rangers may still be working to trade Young

After reading the Guerroro signing, this is an incredibly stupid article. Not just because its suggestion that the Rangers would like to "bring Vladimir Guerrero back to DH," but because there are no sources sited or even suggested. This may as well be me making up a random drunk thought that I think is reasonable. CBS and other sites need to actually consider reporting and what that used to mean, and what it should still mean.



Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2011 11:59 pm
 

Rangers may still be working to trade Young

I honestly thought we would see a logical move of Michael Young for Joe Blanton. Blanton would slide in to replace Cliff Lee and the Phillies could move Placido Polanco to second base and shift Chase Utley to the outfield to preserve his hip and back ailments. All offseason I felt it made too much sense but it doesnt even seem to be rumored. This would also allow the Phillies to work Dominic Brown in slowly this year depending on Raul Ibanez's production.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2011 11:10 pm
 

Rangers may still be working to trade Young

If Young wasn't so expensive I could see Oakland trading for him. However, do not count San Francisco out. I keep reading how the Giants want to reload and won't back down from the A's challenge of dethroning the World champs. If they had not already signed Miguel Tejada Young would have been traded to the Giants already. If the Big Panda has a terrible spring maybe the Giants will trade for Young then. 
Anyone besides me expects Adrian Beltre to miss most of next season due to injury or have a really subpar year? I doubt Beltre will hit more than 20 home runs.



Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2011 10:29 pm
 

Rangers may still be working to trade Young

Like someone said earlier it is sad to see a team trying to deal a player that has shown such loyalty over his career and been a leader on the field and in the clubhouse.This type of player is a rarity nowadays. I don't know what is worse, the lack of loyalty by a player or management. I as well am surprised that Nolan Ryan would let a player of Michael Young,s stature out of the fold.The Rockies or the Blue Jays would be huge winners to acquire him.He is a leader that would help take them to the next level.



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Rangers may still be working to trade Young

Perfect!  we will take him as our 3B, and leave Bautista in right!


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