Rangers Continue To Explore Michael Young Trade

7:31pm: The Rangers and Rockies are talking about a trade of Young again and one source says the talks have reached an advanced stage, writes Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  However, other sources are painting a less optimistic picture of the discussions, saying the Rockies are confused by the Rangers’ “mixed messages” on Young.

3:56pm: The Rockies like Young, but are confused about the Rangers' plans and might not have the money to acquire the infielder, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. One source told Rosenthal that tallks with the Rockies are dormant. The Rockies would likely have to send Jose Lopez and another well-paid player to Texas in any deal.

3:02pm: The Rangers have not re-engaged the Rockies about a possible deal as of this afternoon, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post.

11:52am: The Rangers have recently continued discussing the possibility of trading Michael Young, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney (on Twitter). Once again, the Rockies are a potential destination for the infielder.

Young, who became expendable when the Rangers signed Adrian Beltre, has three years and $48MM remaining on his contract, which includes a partial no-trade clause. Once Young gains ten and five rights this May, he will have the power to veto any trade.

The Rangers told Young he was staying put last month and president Nolan Ryan has since said he expects Young to be with the club Opening Day. Young, 34, would DH and back up around the infield, potentially spelling Chris Davis and Mitch Moreland against tough southpaws.

The Rockies showed interest in Young earlier in the offseason and were said to be looking for infielders last month, but they have since added Alfredo Amezaga.


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4 years 6 months ago

who would come tx way???stewart???

mkorpal
4 years 6 months ago

Thats not happening.

nats2012
4 years 6 months ago

I have to be honest, I dont believe alot of these rumors, I think its just a way to fill up space on these pages when there isnt alot of news to report. I think teams check in on players from other teams but it doesnt mean the Rangers are shopping Young.

nats2012
4 years 6 months ago

See what I mean, I just wrote that comment above before they said they werent in talks.

neoncactus
4 years 6 months ago

If the Rangers eat most of his contract, maybe a potential center fielder, in case Borbon stinks this year, so Hamilton doesn’t get stuck out there?

4 years 6 months ago

EY Jr took a physical last time trade rumors stirred between the Rockies and Rangers.

Redsoxn8tion
4 years 6 months ago

I don’t agree with this move, if it’s even true. You can never gave enough offense. Poor Young gets the shaft everytime the Rangers aquire a new infielder. He deserves to play for a team that actually wants him

Roxallday4
4 years 6 months ago

this would be an awesome pick up for the rockies. Can you imagine… 3.Cargo 4. Tulo 5. Young 6. Helton/Wigginton. That would be very difficult 3-6 to get through.

4 years 6 months ago

Ain’t happening.

bjsguess
4 years 6 months ago

They should trade Young to anyone, rivals or not, who is willing to take on his salary. Young is an albatross at this point – only made worse by moving him to DH.

4 years 6 months ago

He’s actually a darn good hitter.

bbxxj
4 years 6 months ago

Not when you have had an OPS over .785 once in the last four years. Combine that with what appears to be declining defense and you have your self a decent player but not a great one.

eneff
4 years 6 months ago

Yeah seriously… if someone who consistently hits .300 and is a lifetime .300 hitter is an albatross, then Michael Young is an albatross. I’m actually a Yankees fan that lives in Arlington so I watch him play a lot, and the dude is a grinder that brings it every day and contributes in a big way to his team’s success… That term is being thrown around in the loosest of ways lately

4 years 6 months ago

Why can’t all Yankee fans be like you?

eneff
4 years 6 months ago

a lot of yanks fans are like me… but people tend to demonize us lol

Jonathan Rigby
4 years 6 months ago

and why? Just because you sold out your local team for a generic super power…. then act as if you are a part of the NY tradition.

eneff
4 years 6 months ago

Yeah it has nothing to do with me being a 3rd generation yankee fan and my family is from new york… I saw your other comment what are you king of the Rangers?

eneff
4 years 6 months ago

Go ahead… say somethin… I get that kind of crap from you rangers “fans” all the time. All the sudden your team is pretty good and you act like you’ve been a lifelong fan. You guys complain about Yankee fans but at the ALCS people cursed at me and threw food at me and all that stuff (like you accuse Yankee fans of doing). Not complaining… just wondering why ya’ll do.

4 years 6 months ago

Hahahaha so true. Rangers fans popped up out of NO WHERE once they finally became relevant.

….just like Tamp Bay Rays fans who know absolutely nothing about the Devil Rays days….and even now they still can’t show up to one of their games haha.

4 years 6 months ago

because he lives in texas, thus meaning he isn’t a true, down-to-earth yankee fan

Jonathan Rigby
4 years 6 months ago

screw you from all of us in texas

4 years 6 months ago

Any set backs to Chipper’s comeback and the Braves will be calling. Maybe. Probably not without money.

4 years 6 months ago

No payroll for that acquisition, in the present or future. Heck, Young’s contract is for more than Chipper’s, so even if he would retire outright, there would still be plenty of issues to overcome.

If Chipper is done, Prado moves to third and the Braves find a serviceable outfielder somewhere (probably move McLouth to LF and start Schafer in CF, to be honest). It’s not ideal, especially with McLouth coming off 2010 and Schafer just now finally getting healthy again.

The Braves dealt with a less than optimal OF situation last season and still managed to make the playoffs.

-C

Tim
4 years 6 months ago

His contract will be impossible to trade. He is past his prime and his numbers do not warrant the 3/48 he is still due. Sorry TX, you are stuck with him. Enjoy his last remaining years and allow him to retire as a life-long Ranger.

vtadave
4 years 6 months ago

Maybe the Rangers can swap GMs with the Blue Jays for a day. That might help them facilitate a Young deal.

“Hey Tony, AA here again…about your 3B issue…”

4 years 6 months ago

JD traded Mark Texiera for Neftali Feliz, Elvis Andrus, Matt Harrison, Beau Jones and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. And unloaded the Salary. I think JD can do just fine.

4 years 6 months ago

Trading Tex and trading Young are 2 totally different things. Tex was a lot younger and had way more serviceable years left compared to what young has left.

MaineSox
4 years 6 months ago

Teixeira was also actually good…

4 years 6 months ago

Why are you sorry, we want him here. We’re sorry you can’t have him.

Tim
4 years 6 months ago

You want him because he is a fan favorite and a good guy. He has been in TEX his whole career and that is very admirable.

You can’t deny that his contract is way too high and it will be a hindrance for the next 3 years.

redsox927
4 years 6 months ago

Players that had better WAR than Michael Young last year:

Luke Scott (in 130 games), Casey Blake, Kevin Kouzmanoff (in 140 games), Orlando Hudson (in 126 games)… the list goes on and on.

Young had a 2.7 WAR in 2010.. He’s not a terrible player like some uninformed person said above, but he AT HIS BEST had three seasons somewhere very close to 4 WAR… he’s an above average player offensively but a terrible defensive player no matter where he is player.

He’s not worth what his contract is going to pay him, so i personally am happy my team doesn’t have him.

He’s comparable to Placido Polanco, Carlos Baerga and Rich Aurilia

MaineSox
4 years 6 months ago

His defense is outstanding at DH, his bat on the other hand…

4 years 6 months ago

He’s not terrible defensively. He does have a Gold Glove. He just isn’t meant for 3B

redsox927
4 years 6 months ago

Tyler, really?? you are seriously going to try to tell me that b/c he has a gold glove, he isn’t a terrible defensive player??

I know that not everybody knows a ton about baseball, stats, awards and advanced metrics; but anyone that watches baseball knows that gold gloves mean NOTHING…

Rafeal Palmero won a gold glove at first base one year when he was the teams DH and only played a very very small amount in the field. Michael Young is a joke in the field, DH would be where i would play him at this point.. and to pay him 16 million a year for the next 3 years to do that would be an epic mistake given the fact that Manny just signed for 2 million, Vlad’s still holding out for more than 4/5 million and the list goes on and on.

4 years 6 months ago

Vladdy got $8M from Baltimore….. I have no idea where you got $4/5M lol.

NYYANKEES
4 years 6 months ago

so who will play 1st and DH than?

4 years 6 months ago

Mitch Moreland
Mike Napoli
David Murphy (if Bourbon moves to center)

4 years 6 months ago

Really? Chris Davis, Mitch Moreland, Mike Napoli, Vlad? Murphy. But don’t worry. It ain’t happening.

eneff
4 years 6 months ago

ok i was on your side earlier but… Vlad doesn’t play for the Rangers anymore haha

4 years 6 months ago

That’s why I put a question mark. As in maybe the Rangers would resign him.

condorave
4 years 6 months ago

Dodgers should (but won’t) get in on this. Right handed hitting 3rd baseman who hits 2nd in the batting order. Sounds like exactly what they need.

Doc
4 years 6 months ago

If they eat enough of the salary. Then we can platoon Blake. And probably have to give up Xavier Paul, and some pitching prospects.

4 years 6 months ago

You beat me to the punch. This is precisely what the Dodgers need. It’s not happening though. Blake will back up Loney @ 1B and Uribe will back up Blake @ 3B. Carrol is the back-up to everybody but Loney.

This will be a frustrating year for the Dodgers. I foresee a lot of LOB’s.

4 years 6 months ago

I would like to see the Twins get in on this, throw Jason Kubel at them as well as get a chunk of change back for Young. He is still a very good hitter.

4 years 6 months ago

And what do we need Jason Kubel for? He isn’t better than any of our OFers.

4 years 6 months ago

and Young is also dead weight with a terrible contract, take what you can get in as much salary relief as possible, and anything productive.

4 years 6 months ago

Young produces a lot in Texas.

4 years 6 months ago

I love Michael Young, but I:

1. Don’t like his contract AT ALL.

2. Don’t think we need him at 3B as I am HUGE fan of Valencia and Valencia is better with the glove by far.

3. Don’t think we need him at DH either. Kubel and Thome can lock that DH spot down easily.

Wockenfuss
4 years 6 months ago

Detroit is a perfect destination for Michael Young. They have no #2 hitter or established 2nd basemen. The Tigers can afford the contract and offset part of it by dumping Carlos Guillen on Texas for the final year of his deal. Detroit has the young pitching Texas would want in return as well. Get this done D.D.

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 6 months ago

….No. Thank God you aren’t Dombrowski. Why would we take on that contract? We are just getting rid of all our old ones so lets take on Michael Young? Why would we part with our young pitchers for him when we have very little depth at the minor league level? Why wouldn’t we allow Scott Sizemore and Will Rhymes, 2 relatively young 2B who showed some promise last season, a chance to win the job.

This would be a terrible move. May God have mercy on your soul.

Wockenfuss
4 years 6 months ago

Michael Young is just the type player the Tigers lack. They need a gamer with heart. And don’t say they have Brandon Inge for that. He may have heart but .300/15/80 he doesn’t. If you trade Guillen, it becomes Young for 4 years at $36 million, I’ll take it. He’s durable. Plus, the majority of can’t miss prospects, do just that, they miss.

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 6 months ago

You sign a guy like David Eckstein if you want “a gamer with heart”…you don’t spend over 10 mil a year for it…

cubtex
4 years 6 months ago

I would like to see the Cubs get him. The Rangers would need to pick up a large portion of his contract but he would definaely improve the Cubs infield moving Yound to 2nd base.

4 years 6 months ago

We’re still mad at the Cubs for stealing Matt Garza.

4 years 6 months ago

Stealing Garza? It was a pretty decent package man, especially when you compare it to recent packages for Cy Young winners(and Oswalt, especially)……which Garza isn’t.

4 years 6 months ago

I think Derek Holland and Chris Davis are a pretty good package too! 😮

westcoastwhitesox
4 years 6 months ago

Is there any package the White Sox could put together to trade for Young?

4 years 6 months ago

Mark Buehrle, Paul Konerko, and Matt Thorton.

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

are you on sauce dude??

Michael Young’s contract is terrible he’ll never live up to the numbers, his value is in the negatives right now

4 years 6 months ago

No, I’m saying it won’t happen unless a deal like that came up.

4 years 6 months ago

And he’s already lived up to the numbers. 7 consecutive years of 200+ hits.

4 years 6 months ago

….and a career OPS under .800. Come on man, he’s 34, he’s making $16 million a year for the next 3 years.

And 7 consecutive years? He had 200+ hits from 2003-2007. Don’t make him out to be Ichiro…..

You do realize that Young, if not traded, is going to be a $16 million dollar DH/utility guy, right?

4 years 6 months ago

I do realize that. Greenberg preaches he wants to put the fans first. The fans want Young.

InLeylandWeTrust
4 years 6 months ago

*facepalm*…you are blind my friend.

MaineSox
4 years 6 months ago

Every owner says they want to put the fans first, and they do it by winning/putting the best team possible on the field. The Rangers are likely better without Young (and his contract) on the team, regardless of how much some of the fans like him.

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

Toronto fans also want Johnny Macdonald, but newsflash, its not the best thing for the team

4 years 6 months ago

HA!!! You wouldn’t even get Konerko or Buerhle by themselves let alone in a package for Young.

4 years 6 months ago

Can he pitch?

– B. Cashman

4 years 6 months ago

i think the Yankees should get involved… there looking for a util guy.. arod and jeter always end up having to miss some time and there is no back up at 1st or 2nd.. trade him to the yanks!!!!

4 years 6 months ago

Jeter has failed to play less than 150 games since 2003.

okbluejays
4 years 6 months ago

The only way he gets moved is if the Rangers eat some of his salary. Or if another team as desperate to make a move as the Angels were, step up and take his terrible contract back fully…which I don’t see happening.

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

thats what everyone in the word said about vdub

4 years 6 months ago

Ya but the Angels are now seemingly out for Young so that leaves the rest of the reasonable GM’s out there not willing to take on astronomical contracts without the other team eating some of the contract.

4 years 6 months ago

What about a M. Young + cash for Jose Lopez and E. Young Jr.?

Anthony Emmerling
4 years 6 months ago

Its unfortunate that the Angels and Rangers are in the same division. I’d be glad to see young in playing 3B in Anaheim but wouldn’t happen because the Rangers won’t trade him withing the division.

The Angels do however have some young pitching that they could offer. Say a Trevor Bell. We all know the Rangers are probably going to need it.

In a perfect world the Angels would get Young. However nothing in the world is perfect………..except Brian Wilson’s beard of course.

4 years 6 months ago

I’m already bored with Brian Wilson’s schtick. Started out humorous because it’s rare that you see athletes with an actual personality, but emulating Zach Galifianakis every time there’s a camera around does get old eventually.

popular_mechanics_for_pitchers
4 years 6 months ago

Brian Wilson is a bad bad dude! He was Charlie Sheen’s stunt double in Major League

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

Jays could take Young for Frasor, then flip him to the Angels for Cash and Trout

Gumby65
4 years 6 months ago

It’ll never happen. Angel OF’s with fishy names tend to stay around the organization a while.

Lunchbox45
4 years 6 months ago

clearly I was kidding.

Gumby65
4 years 6 months ago

I am certain you were; I just hadn’t had a chance to use that zinger yet! It’s too bad the Angels never had Kevin Bass, or it’d been one heck of a fresh-water food fest of an outfield :)

4 years 6 months ago

Why is everyone so down on the Rangers pitching staff? Yeah, they don’t have a true ace, but they have 7-8 decent starting pitchers. The Angels have a sick staff 1-5, but who fills in for an injury or a spot start. Is it really Trevor Bell? Good luck with that…

firstavenger
4 years 6 months ago

Matt Palmer, then maybe Trevor Bell

Anthony Emmerling
4 years 6 months ago

Difference is the Angels’ starting rotation is made up of durable pitchers who don’t get injured as often as the Rangers’ rotation. How do you know C.J. Wilson will continue to be a viable starter….hes done it once. Brandon Webb could be an absolute flop. And the other three would fall somewhere between between Pineiro and Kazmir. Although Kaz has the potential to be better than all three.

Angels have three backups in Palmer, Bell and Takahashi with Chatwood nearly there.

Don’t get me wrong the Rangers have the potential to have a very good staff. There are just a lot of question marks. If Wilson can continue and Webb can recover than the Rangers will have a very competitive staff. There just has to be a little nervousness going in.

buchachan
4 years 6 months ago

Soriano and Silva for Young.

Guest
4 years 6 months ago

How bout Michael Young for Scott Kazmir? Straight up

Rangers get out of the last two years of Young’s deal, have to pick up a bloated contract next season…but Kazmir’s a guy who could add some depth to the pitching staff. The quality of that depth is questionable, but I’m sure they can find a spot for him next year either in the back of the rotation or the bullpen. Or the waiver wire. Or God willing, he actually regains his ace form from a few years ago

Angels have to eat the last two years of Young’s deal to convince the Rangers to trade him to them, but they’re trading one of their own bloated contracts to offset a significant payroll increase. And as a player, he can fill the glaring hole the have at 3rd

4 years 6 months ago

Lord no.

4 years 6 months ago

Kazmir for Young is a lot more reasonable then your asking price of Buerle, Konerko and Thorton.

4 years 6 months ago

Could Young handle a part-time outfield position? If so, it might make sense to send Young + cash to the phillies for Blanton. It does not really fix the high payroll issue (if there is one), but it gives the phillies a right-handed bat, that they can sub in around the diamond (and use as insurance in case of injury or a Brown disaster). Obviously very unlikely, but still interesting.

Obviously, Blanton helps provide SP depth for Texas.

4 years 6 months ago

Young played OF in the minors. CF to be exact. But the Phillies stole Cliff from us! :(

4 years 6 months ago

How does that make sense for the Phillies? They were only interested in trading Blanton for salary relief in the first place, and unless the Rangers send a ton of cash back…..they’ll be going in the opposite direction.

The Phillies aren’t going to pay a declining Michael Young $8 million(which is assuming the Rangers eat HALF his contract) a year for 3 years for a part-time outfield job. No club is going to do that, in fact.

4 years 6 months ago

I just don’t get this, Young’s numbers are comparable to Jeter’s or anyone elses in the AL. Why is expendable? If I’m the Orioles I offer JJ Hardy and Tillman and put Young as the O’s SS for the next 3-4 years why they wait for Machado to get to the show. Perfect timing, make it happen Macphail.

4 years 6 months ago

Haha, yeah. Go ahead and put Michael Young at SS…..

Better yet, sign Troy Glaus to play SS.

4 years 6 months ago

JJ Hardy is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than Young is right now. Take the Gold Glove caliber defense of Hardy’s and his .280 avg and keep him in Baltimore.

4 years 6 months ago

Jim Hendry go get him!