Michael Young Rumors: Friday

Michael Young is scheduled to arrive at the Rangers' Spring Training camp tomorrow, where he is expected to address the media in regards to his trade request.  MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan writes that the Rangers "are still talking to other teams about a trade, although nothing is imminent."  As we heard on Wednesday, talks with the Angels, Rockies and Diamondbacks all seem to be stagnant at this point.

Here are today's Young-related items, with the most recent updates on top…

  • The Marlins have "no interest" in Young, tweets MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.  We heard earlier today that an even longer-shot Young trade partner, the Royals, were also not interested.
  • Young's friend Vernon Wells isn't pleased with how the Rangers went public with Young's trade demand, reports Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com.  Wells praised Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos for working out Wells' deal to the Angels without any media attention until the move was announced.  "I dealt with it in-house, which was the right way to do things.  [Young is] having to deal with it, unfortunately, publicly," Wells said. "It creates all kinds of problems. It's been handled poorly on their end, I'll say that."  This is just total speculation on my part, but you wonder if Wells would consider restructuring his contract to free up some money for the Halos to acquire Young.  It's a longshot, but Wells might be willing in order to both upgrade the Angels and to once again play alongside his long-time friend.


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14 Comments on "Michael Young Rumors: Friday"


4 years 6 months ago

That would be the greatest thing thats ever happened to me…seriously.

$3081341
4 years 6 months ago

Just trade him for SP & eat the salary for godsake. We all know they need a #1 or a better #2. Can you imagine them paying him “X” amount to be a super-utility player. Seriously!

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 6 months ago

though i hate vernon the player (or rather, vernon the contract), vernon the person is a heckuva nice guy

PJaysW
4 years 6 months ago

Me too, I used to do some work for his neighbours in Mississauga, super nice guy. These quotes are bizarre though. When he says “I dealt with it in house” and the fact that he’s complimenting AA for keeping it hush makes me wonder, did he do some of his own reconnaissance? Their are obviously go-betweens that get these things rolling, and certainly a player could use them to orchestrate his own departure.
Say Vernon says to Torii Hunter at a charity golf event a weekend after the Angels miss on Crawford, “man I’d sure love spending time on the DL rehabbing in Anaheim.”
and Torii thinks, “man, my team plays in Anaheim, I wonder if Vern knows.”

and the wheels start turning.

gm_darkplace
4 years 6 months ago

Like anyone actually gives a damn what Vernon Wells thinks on the matter.

Anthony Emmerling
4 years 6 months ago

hes not talking crap. its a fact that the rangers handled the Young situation poorly. almost everyone who follows baseball can see that. Most Ranger fans would even admit that. For a guy thats been on the team as long as he has you would figure they would have formally approached him regarding the situations but they just kinda informally pushed him out of the lineup.

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 6 months ago

Overpaid players unite!

Anthony Emmerling
4 years 6 months ago

really any player is overpaid in the later years of their contract. When Young first got the contract I’m sure everyone was okay with it. What do you think will become of Beltre, Lee, Sabathia, Teixeira, Werth, Crawford or any other player whos signed into their late thirties. At least Wells isnt signed past age 35 and Young still produces so i dont see that as a major problem just a bump in the road

4 years 6 months ago

Horricontracts powers, activate!

Form of, a payroll-destroying player.

Shape of, Scott Boras’ favorite pen!

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 6 months ago

Except Young is in the early mid-thirties and Wells is in his early thirties.

laxtonto
4 years 6 months ago

Rangers never went public with a trade demand, only addressed rumors about Young requesting a trade. Do you really think that a “No comment” is going to get a free pass?

Young’s whining in the media is what is keeping him in Texas at this point. If he would have kept his mouth shut and quit leaking stuff to the media he probably would be gone by now…

Lets also not forget that Young and Wells are extremely close and Wells never made a hard demand for a trade like Young did… Apples and Oranges at this point.

4 years 6 months ago

Amen. And let’s not forget this is the second time in three years that Young has demanded a trade.

He is far from without fault here.

Thurman8er
4 years 6 months ago

Check your facts. Young has been completely jerked around this winter. ‘He WILL be here.” “We’re looking at trades.” “MY is our guy!” “(Unless the right deal comes along.)”

Young didn’t “demand” his trade until this had gone on for some time. I don’t blame the guy.

But I still don’t want him unless a LOT of his salary is taken care of.

4 years 6 months ago

How about the Rangers lying to MY saying that they would not be trading him/were not having discussions of trading him?

That’s pretty disrespectful for the franchise player for many years.