Quick Hits: Young, Papelbon, Marlins, Rangers

On this day in 1989, the Yankees re-signed Tommy John, who was 45 years old at the time. John lost seven of the 10 starts he made in '89, and was released by the Yankees on May 30th. It would be his last stint in the majors. Of course, over two decades later, the southpaw is a bigger household name than ever, immortalized as the namesake of a surgical procedure now common among pitchers: Tommy John surgery. Here are the links for Sunday, as we celebrate the return of baseball. Pitchers and catchers report!

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  1. BVHjays 4 years ago

    Yuniesky Betancourt… the one player that Michael Young at shortstop would be an upgrade over.

    • $1529282 4 years ago

      Only if you’re limiting it to people who actually play shortstop. I’d wager that he’s a step or two better than Bengie Molina would be at short. Heck when you look at it that way — Young’s one of the best defensive shortstops in all of baseball! :)

      I should be an agent.

    • magnushanso 4 years ago

      LOL yeah, Betancourt is worse than replacement level. Young could probably manage at least a 1.0 WAR at SS.

  2. I would love to see the Brewers land Young! I just don’t think they have the pieces to make Texas happy.

    • phoenix2042 4 years ago

      if the brewers have decided to go all in this year (which it seems like they are), then it makes sense to go for the win-now trades. good luck to milwauke!

    • Sam_Lee 4 years ago

      Would it take anything to get him? Isn’t he a salary dump? The question is how much of that salary will the Rangers pay.

  3. NomarGarciaparra 4 years ago

    What does Papelbon not understand? He’s said that he’s looking to reach new heights for closers financially…something that won’t be possible in Boston under Theo.

    No wonder everyone thinks that he’ll be a Yankee after 2011.

    • crackis4lovers 4 years ago

      Who thinks he’s going to be a Yankee after this season?

    • The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

      Papelbon and Yankees will never happen, with Soriano in the mix there is no room for that nutjob and his contract for just being a regular relief guy.

      • NomarGarciaparra 4 years ago

        I know…
        but that was the notion a few years ago when Pap kept saying that he wanna set standards financially, and with Rivera heading towards retirement, it was reasonable to think that.

  4. Sniderlover 4 years ago

    Young can barely play 3B… how the hell would he manage to play SS and not be the worst defensive shortstop in the league?

    • He won’t be the worst defensive SS in the league because Yuniesky Betancourt still exists.

  5. Redhawk 4 years ago

    Micheal Young…back at Shortstop? Ok…that one made me laugh. I worry about him fielding 2nd for 3 year if he come to my Rockies!

    Young isn’t going anywhere. The Rangers don’t want to trade him. If they did, they wouldn’t have raised their asking price to ridicules levels for an aging over paid infielder.

  6. Pointless inclusion of Papelbon in this. Just seems like they’re trying to get views with a name from a premiere team.

    • Gyro_Zeppeli 4 years ago

      So you think that MLBTR should open a new topic just for the Papelbon news? Oh well, sox fans sometimes are weird.

      • Green_Monster 4 years ago

        Weird? Dude check out your name!

        • Gyro_Zeppeli 4 years ago

          And then someone who goes by the username “Green_Monster” complains about my username… weird.

    • ilikebaseball 4 years ago

      Yeah, that must be it. Or maybe Luke included the bit about Pap for the same reason he included the other info–because it was a quick hit.

  7. Does Young and tons of cash for Betancourt make any sense? I’ve seen other half-serious posts suggesting Young belongs in Milwaukee but cannot see how it would work considering the playing time Young wants but cannot earn, defensively at least. One suggestion was Young for Randy Wolf but I’d hate to see Milwaukee part with one of their starting pitchers, regardless of how mediocre Wolf ends up being this season.

    • Might be an even crazier idea, but what about sending Prince to the Rangers straight up for Young. We would land a good bat, not as good as Prince but not the fall off that Gamel would bring. Texas would dump an expensive contract and get a great bat for one year, plus the draft picks when they don’t re-sign him. I don’t think it’s a great deal, but it’s something for Prince.

      • LioneeR 4 years ago

        I feel that Prince would/should garner way more than Young. Young just doesn’t have much value, especially in the NL. He can not be counted on defensively at any position and while his bat still plays well enough, it most definitely won’t be at the end of his deal.

        • I agree with all of what you said, just tossing it out there. Young couldn’t be worse at first than Prince. I agree we would need some more in a trade, but the Rangers will be asking for more than Young is worth.

          • Sam_Lee 4 years ago

            Do you think that Prince is bad at 1st?

      • Sam_Lee 4 years ago

        What is in it for the Brewers?

        • Is Prince that bad? No. He is servicable, but Young would be too. I don’t think we should do it, just throwing some random ideas out there.

  8. Fangaffes 4 years ago

    Gee, I don’t know, Pap. It might have something to do with the “Screw the Red Sox, I’m going to the highest bidder” statements you made when the shoe was on the other foot.

    Guess what. Theo isn’t going to pay you more than Rivera. And nobody else is, either.

  9. brewersfan729 4 years ago

    Young to the Brewers makes no sense. The money won’t work, even if we had the prospects/players the Rangers are asking for too much and the weakness of the Brewers is defense. So going from Betancourt to Young may be an upgrade offensively but it’s lateral defensively, the money wouldn’t work and the players/prospects that would be needed to trade for him makes it not worth it.

    The Brewers should be looking for a SS, but it should be one who can play defense.

  10. MadmanTX 4 years ago

    Ok, Michael Young to the Brewers for Greinke. Cmon….We’ll even throw in Scott Feldman.

    • start_wearing_purple
      start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

      Try throwing in Feliz, Andrus, and $30M.

  11. stovin 4 years ago

    Wolf to the Orioles for Tillman and Pie. The Brewers can trun around and trade Pie and Tillman for Young. The Orioles need another lefty and the Brewers want Young so this sounds like a fair deal.

    • brewersfan729 4 years ago

      If the Orioles were willing to trade Tillman and Pie for Wolf, we would just keep those two.

    • lftyg33 4 years ago

      im pretty sure youre joking…so im not gonna rip that proposal to shreds

  12. Stuartsmith1988 4 years ago

    Just a idea, Papelbon for Michael young?

  13. harmony55 4 years ago

    The Rangers are in the position of a homeowner whose mortgage is underwater. Michael Young represents a decent house, but the 34-year-old infielder is owed far more than his market value. Texas probably would walk away from the house and its mortgage if the Rangers could.

    In short, Texas would not get much in return unless the Rangers were willing to pay much of the $48 million remaining on Young’s contract.

  14. Backup_Slider 4 years ago

    It seems a bit daffy for the Indians to sign a guy who’s played 1804 out of his 1837 career MLB defensive games at one position (SS) with the intent of using him as a super utility guy. That kind of logic speaks volumes about the current state of their organization.

  15. Am I missing something here? The Brewers biggest weaknesses are defense up the middle and lack of available payroll. So They’re gonna go out and get Michael Young (an overpaid, HORRIBLE SS)? Yuniesky Betancourt is bad, but at least he’s cheap. Young is bad and expensive. This isn’t quantum physics.

  16. HerbertAnchovy 4 years ago

    This joke is played out.


  17. HerbertAnchovy 4 years ago

    Classy response.

    No, I’m certainely not a Yankees fan, I’m a Blue Jays fan. I would’ve thought the Roberto Alomar in Blue Jays uni would be a clear indication of that fact. The joke was funny maybe the first 10 times, but as I said, is played out in my opinion.

  18. The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

    You shouldn’t be talking about rotations when you have 3 question marks in your own.

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