Michael Young Rumors: Wednesday

The Rockies aren't in on Michael Young, but other clubs have at least some interest in the Rangers infielder. Young would consider trades on a case-by-case basis, though he can veto deals to teams other than the Cardinals, Yankees, Twins, Astros, Rockies, Dodgers, Angels and Padres. Yesterday we found out that the Cardinals, Twins, Mariners and Tigers have little or no interest in Young. The Astros, however, like Young's tools to an extent and might consider sending Carlos Lee to the Rangers for him. Here's the latest on Young, with the most recent updates up top:

  • The Phillies recently contacted the Rangers to express interest in Young, three league sources told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.  The talks ultimately didn't get very far and are no longer active.  One of the sources characterized the interaction as "tire kicking" on the part of the Phillies.  It should be noted that the Phillies are not one of the eight clubs that Young would approve trades to, though the 34-year-old says that he would consider deals to teams not on the list.
  • The Yankees aren't expected to pursue Young, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney (on Twitter).
  • Several people involved with the Young situation tell Jon Heyman of SI.com that they believe there’s a “decent chance” that the Rangers open Spring Training with Young. Texas is talking to multiple teams about Young and for now the Rangers are discussing deals with clubs that Young would accept trades to.
  • The Angels have little interest in picking up most of Young’s contract or assembling a package of players that would appeal to the Rangers, according to Mike DiGiovanna and Steve Dilbeck of the LA Times. Texas is looking for starting pitching and a position player who can help at the Major League level. The Angels would part with Scott Kazmir and Fernando Rodney, but those players have little appeal to the Rangers.
  • The Dodgers have some concern about Young’s defense and power, according to DiGiovanna and Dilbeck.
  • The Mets should consider acquiring Young, writes Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The Mets could send Jason Bay to the Rangers, who are known to be seeking a DH type, and New York could then either keep Young or flip him to another team, with net salary savings in either scenario.


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168 Comments on "Michael Young Rumors: Wednesday"


4 years 6 months ago

Trade him for Lee!!

Angels Fan
4 years 6 months ago

Kazmir for young. Sounds good to me!

kdub53
4 years 6 months ago

heck well throw rodney in too!!! :)

PushDown
4 years 6 months ago

haha young is not as great as he looks from afar anymore. he hit .280 in arlingtons’s hitter heaven, so you’d expect it to go down even a little more in pitcher-friendly angel stadium. also he has no range at 3B, i would rather see a platoon of maicer and callaspo at 3B then young. the hitting wouldnt be significantly different, and the fielding would at least be passable. putting young as our dh would also be useless, we have abreu, and if we needed a dh we shouldve got vlad.

but most importantly, kaz contract is up after this year, young has 3 more years, lets not get 3 hefty, long-term contracts yeah?

blobbyheads
4 years 6 months ago

Micheal Young to the astronauts for Carlos Lee! Woah!! The Astros have aspiration of replacing the Pittsburgh Pirates at the bottom of the totem poll.

MadmanTX
4 years 6 months ago

The weird thing is that there have been teams that just threw a bunch of youngsters out there to play and somehow managed to make it to the World Series, like the Rockies and Marlins.

smokinrox
4 years 6 months ago

Wow, you do know baseball so well. The Rockies just threw some guys out there, no real talent, just lucked into the WS, w/ guys like Tulo, Holliday and a young Jimenez.

ChrisV
4 years 6 months ago

If you noticed when the teams did that, that how many of those guys became great players? Take the Marlins, they had Josh Beckett, Miguel Cabrera, Derrek Lee, Juan Pierre, Mike Lowell, Carl Pavano, A J Burnett…etc. It takes a lot of great young guys at the right time to get there.

phoenix2042
4 years 6 months ago

AJ Burnett is awesome. like seriously. i think 2010 was his best year. Obviously an ace worth 16.5 million dollars per year.

4 years 6 months ago

Burnett just sucks now. He was good with Florida and Toronto and now the Yankees are paying for his prime years hes done

SpecialFNK
4 years 6 months ago

if the Astros would trade Lee, do it. Lee could also play some at 1B with Texas, and he would have better numbers than Young. Lee only had .246 AVG in 2010, but he also only had .238 BABIP. he will get back to his normal levels.
not sure why Houston would want Young for Lee.

MadmanTX
4 years 6 months ago

They are both 34, but MY is about 70 lbs lighter and has better intangibles, like team leadership. He would be one of the veterans a team would want to mentor its youngsters and the Astros are going young at a lot of positions as they get ready for their team sale.

MadmanTX
4 years 6 months ago

Despite the comments on the Times article page, the Rangers are not desperate to trade MY or forced to do any deal they can make. As evident by the lack of offers for Young, he just isn’t that wanted around MLB because everybody already knows about his declining abilities. The only reason I can think of for trading MY now is the team chemistry issue. Blah. MY has to know he isn’t going to stay home and not show up for spring training or for the regular season–presumably the Rangers could suspend him or void his contract if he disappears–and he isn’t going to walk up to every player everyday and whimper to them about how the team is mistreating him…while he cashes in on his $16 mil for this year and the next 2 years. He’s going to sit by his locker with a frown on his face and be there…because he has to or he won’t get traded and he needs the at bats to show possible trade partners that they want his bat and glove on the odd days he relieves someone in the IF.

Bottom line: If I am JD and the owners, I remind MY he is under contract until it expires, a trade will be done only if the right deal that benefits the Rangers comes up and to take advantage of every opportunity he is given to showcase that he is better than his numbers show. That’s it and everybody moves on to the next story.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 6 months ago

coming from someone who saw a player, Manny Ramirez, stir up trouble and quit on your team, you dont want an angry, disgruntled veteran like Young on your team. Not to mention how Daniels owes Young this for lying to him about shopping him. Dont think other players dont notice how the face of the franchise was misled!

4 years 6 months ago

I’d hardly compare Michael Young to Manny Ramirez when it comes to the clubhouse. Young is a professional. He never quit on his team like Ramirez has on his several times. If the Rangers can’t swing a trade, or until they do, he’ll make the best of it.

flickadave
4 years 6 months ago

But Manny hadn’t quit on his team either… until he did.

johnsilver
4 years 6 months ago

“-presumably the Rangers could suspend him or void his contract if he disappears–and he isn’t going to walk up to every player everyday and whimper to them about how the team is mistreating him”

Hard to get away with voiding a contract when a player gets convicted of wife beating.. Like Ex Rays (and well traveled) Elijah Dukes and a later poster child for contract voidance for misappropriate behavior would be Milton Bradley (you pick the team) yet it has not yet been done. Blame the MLBPA for this..

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Come on Cubs, get this guy. He’s headed to your division and brings intangibles with him that are invaluable.

BlueJaysFTW
4 years 6 months ago

Aren’t the Cubs bad?

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Well, considering the Astros are trying to trade for him??? If I’m Young, I’d think about the Cubs. At least he play at Wrigley with full crowds.

Backup_Slider
4 years 6 months ago

Well, if there’s one club out there that has a bevy of bad contracts that could be swapped for Young’s, it would be the Cubs.

Catztradamus
4 years 6 months ago

Texas wants a bat and a pitcher. The best swap team for team is still Ibanez and Blanton for Young straight up, with some deferrment of salary to Philly. Young plays LF, and provides infield insurance. If he doesn’t wanna go, then he needs to shut up and collect his check.

Todd Smith
4 years 6 months ago

Oh, Michael Young will not be pleased with this disrespect at all! He better demand that the Rockies, Astros, Dodgers and Angels stop trying to trade for him.

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

wait until they realize he can’t play defense and ask him to {gasp} switch positions….

He might go postal!

4 years 6 months ago

Daniel sure doesn’t get it. He is in a corner and everyone knows he needs to trade MY. You are not going to get a starter unless you pay most of the money. Daniel new book will be coming out next year called dismantle ball how to destroy a near championship team.

Muggi
4 years 6 months ago

I think this is an excellent indictment of the people yesterday saying Texas would be able to get a good prospect or two for Young, if they picked up $20m in salary…no, they won’t. Two pretty washed-up overpaid ML guys, plus Texas picking up salary, is the best offer we’ve seen.

Sad to say he just doesn’t have much value. Decent player, good in his prime but…if they wanted something of value in return, it’s too late.

Victor Kipp
4 years 6 months ago

I agree from what I’ve heard so far. Looks like their best chances to move him will be right before the deadline/ if someones key player gets hurt that needs a guy like Young/ or sometime next season when he has very little time left on his contract. Teams are just not willing to pay that much $$$ to a guy who isn’t very good defensively and doesn’t have a very good OBP every year. I love MY and hope this guy does get traded soon. If the Mets weren’t going to Hell in a hand basket I’d like to see them get him.

schleg
4 years 6 months ago

What about Jason Bay for Michael Young?

schleg
4 years 6 months ago

Jason Bay for Michael Young?

Tko11
Tko11
4 years 6 months ago

Not happening obviously…and Young would have to move to second base.

schleg
4 years 6 months ago

But I thought the Mets could use a 2nd baseman as they want to cut ties with Castillo.

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

Young can’t play second base

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

hey dude..

How bout Jason Bay for Young.. bet you haven’t thought of that

TheSqueezer
4 years 6 months ago

Send them Mark Teahen….Please

dgrfns
4 years 6 months ago

Manny Ramirez will out-produce MY this year and he only cost $1M. Vlad surprised everyone and got $8M – but that would still be way less than MY if Texas picks up $20M. Take Young out of Texas and he is Ryan Theriot! No wait – Theriot can play defense. :)

Victor Kipp
4 years 6 months ago

Uh…no he isn’t.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

You’re kidding right????

Gumby65
4 years 6 months ago

About which part? I’m afraid that Manny will be a heck of a bargain for TB this year. I never thought his weight to be an issue while in LA, but his pride and work ethic seem to fly under the radar compared to the whole Manny Mystique, and he says he’s +/- 15Lbs down from last year, and he is recovered from his mystery (Boras-created?) groin ailment. TB should be happy with a .310/20 HR/85 RBI year for 1MM.

Oh wait, this is a Michael Young thread…

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

Did you see, people, that gumby here’s proclaiming that the Rays are going to win it all just because they got Manny for a bargain!!! And dgrfns says Ryan Theriot’s the second coming of Elvis Andrus defensively, even though the Cubs let him go. And they failed to resign him to play 2b even though the team’s not really set at that position. Farcical these people are, I tell ya!!!

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

The Cubs traded TheRIOT and Lilly for Blake Dewitt(most likely their starting 2nd baseman) and a pitching prospect. So the Cubs didn’t let him go.. Manny for 2 million is the biggest bargain of the offseason.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

So @something are you agreeing with OP that Theriot is as good as defensively as MY? Don’t seem to remember him winning that gold glove thing…let’s see here…nope. The Cubs traded him and could have acquired him back as the Cards did….which is as good as saying they didn’t want him back. And Nick or should I call you Manny Ramirez? How you doin’ after that bout with performance enhancing substances…not playing as well as you used to after that incident. Your friend gumby here seems to want to exaggerate your abilities. I seem to interpret him saying you got a work ethic now…don’t know where he’s headed with this but sure is funny! Or maybe your Jon Daniels and in your zeal to undermine your team leader, you gone and compared his defensive skills with that of Ryan Theriot. As long as were into exaggerations, why can’t lous222 make them as well?

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

By the way, I argue these points not to be mean but to say that MY is more valuable that most of the big contracts on my team, the Cubs, and I’d gladly take him. So, I ask you again Mr. Hendry, why no deal???

NickinIthaca
4 years 6 months ago

Michael Young is that you?

Not once did either of those people say what you are trying to put into their mouths…

4 years 6 months ago

MY for Carlos Beltran

4 years 6 months ago

NO!

MY might be good as a second basemen for the mets but not that good…CB brings power, hits, and leadership to this club…his defense may not be as good as it once was because of surgery…but he is still gonna be pretty close the old hitter before the surgery…i think since he is fully recovered and ready for sp he will have an offensive explosion

MetsEventually
4 years 6 months ago

Mets are trying to save money not waste it.

bleedDODGERblue
4 years 6 months ago

Dodger’s should send Padilla back to Texas lol

monkeydung
4 years 6 months ago

hopefully Colleti holds onto Padilla until mid May when Brian Cashman starts freaking out about having a 4th starter.

bleedDODGERblue
4 years 6 months ago

Yeah, I agree. I like Padilla for the bargain we got him. He’s a good trade chip later in the year and he’s going to be a very good innings eater out of the bullpen.

4 years 6 months ago

lol Texas wouldnt take him back even if the dodgers paid all of MYs salary

Redhawk
4 years 6 months ago

Rangers set the price for Michael Young so high, that no other team wants him. When the Rockies put together, something close to the original asking price, the Rangers moved the target UP-WARDS. And then they will say to Young “Hey we tried, but no one wants you but us….now go DH like a good trooper”

jhawk90
4 years 6 months ago

Michael Young is the new Carl Pavano of MLBTR

akbled
4 years 6 months ago

Yeah I’m sure it’s his power and defense that the Dodgers are worried about, not the 48 mil left on his contract.

sherrilltradedooverexperience
4 years 6 months ago

I am so glad the dodgers f.o. realizes the folly of trading for michael young. At first glance, he seems a perfect fit. The dodgers want a steady third baseman as Blake is aging. MY is only 33 or so and would buy the dodgers some time to get someone developed.

But, according to his stats, MY would play Blake DeWitt’ish offense at dodgers stadium and has already devolved into Jeff Kentish defense. MY’s splits seem to indicate he needs to stay in a hitter’s park to retain the value he has.

the end :/ (i hope)