Rockies Out Of Michael Young Trade Talks

The Rockies are no longer among the potential trade partners to land the Rangers' Michael Young, tweets Troy Renck of the Denver Post.

A potential deal between the Rockies and Rangers was hampered not necessarily by money, blogs Renck, but by the Rangers' need to acquire a "bigger name player" than Eric Young Jr., whom they had targeted earlier this offseason. Further complicating matters was Vladimir Guerrero's recent agreement on a contract with the Orioles, Renck notes, leaving Texas less inclined to compromise on its financial or prospect demands in a Young swap without a suitable replacement to handle their DH duties (Twitter links). The Rangers' plan was, Renck notes, to spend the money they saved on Michael Young's offloaded contract on a DH type, but that option has dried up.

Potential suitors for Young seem to be dwindling, and one has to wonder whether a deal will get done as this situation grows increasingly tricky, as Renck tweets. It may simply come down to how hard the Rangers try to honor Young's request of a trade, tweets Buster Olney.

81 Responses to Rockies Out Of Michael Young Trade Talks Leave a Reply

  1. BlueCatuli 4 years ago

    I never thought I’d be so interested in Michael Young. This thing is starting to become incredibly entertaining.

  2. Hank Hill 4 years ago

    Opens the door for the Dodgers to nab him

    • And who will they give up? And how till they pay him?

      • BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

        With $48m left on his contract, they don’t give up anybody meaningful if they’re willing absorb any significant part of the salary. Every time the Dodgers signed a player this winter, somebody wondered “how did they do that?”

        • bleedrockiepurple 4 years ago

          The reason the Rockies/Rangers couldn’t get anything done was because the Rangers want a significant piece back if they were going to eat a large chunk of his salary, what makes you think the Dodgers could get something done without giving up a meaningful player, just read the post.

          • BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

            What size chunk is large? I guess we don’t know how much bucks the Rangers are willing to eat, which makes the rest of the debate kind of meaningless. If a team was prepared to take on $30m of the $48m, I think we know the Rangers can expect a bucket of balls in return. If the numbers are reversed, they can make trade demands. We simply don’t know the parameters of any deal. The other point I was making is that all winter long everyone assumed the Dodgers had no money to spend and everyone acted so surprised when they signed another player.

          • bleedrockiepurple 4 years ago

            The amount that the Rockies were expecting the Rangers to eat (courtesy Renck tweet) was upwards of 20 million but like you said it would differ each organization. I’d agree that the Dodgers have come up with some surprise cash and kudos to Frank McCourt for getting deals done and keeping them competitors in the West but if teams like the Rockies, who have some extra cash to play with cant get something done, I just dont see the Dodgers getting one done with financial constraints IF they dont give up something meaningful like you said which they’ll have to do if they expect the Rangers to eat same amount (roughly 20 mil).

          • BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

            Every team (except one) has financial constraints. For the most part, we as fans can only guess at how much any team has to spend until the payroll is set, then we know. The Rangers could send Young to LA along with $18m, unloading $30m in future obligations from their payroll, and push the financial impact to the Dodgers out a year or two, when they’ll start showing more cash flow from a new media deal. The Rangers could not expect an important player as compensation in a deal like this. I’m not saying I hope this will happen (too many questions about Young’s abilities), but the deal could be done for little outlay on the Dodgers’ side, cash or players.

          • bleedrockiepurple 4 years ago

            I understand what your saying but the Rangers simply arent will do that right now, they want something “important” in return. The Rockies were willing to do this (take MY and around 18/20 mil for a few prospects) but the Rangers wanted something significant in return and the Rocks were willing to do that, that is why the Rockies pulled out and said they’ll pass. Things would be very different if the asking price wasn’t so high and maybe things will change and the Rangers realize their asking for too much but in return and if this does happen then maybe the Dodgers make a play for him and your thinking then comes into to play but right now its not gonna happen simply because of their asking price.

          • BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

            I don’t disagree with you, but as this saga plays out we’ll see if Texas can get anything like what they hope to for him, in what appears to be a buyer’s market for Young.

        • sluggger222 4 years ago

          Not how, WHY!!!!

    • bleedDODGERblue 4 years ago

      Only if it’s at a really low asking price.

  3. thekoshow 4 years ago

    Son of a _______

  4. Sixto_Lezcano 4 years ago

    Michael Young is taking his talents to South Beach.

  5. thekoshow 4 years ago

    For the love of all that is holy do not go to the Dodgers.

  6. CaseyBlakeDeWitt 4 years ago

    Vamos doyers

  7. flickadave 4 years ago

    The Rangers obviously should RAISE their asking price more if the Rockies are out of the bidding… right? Isn’t that how things work?

  8. I still say the rangers keep him now that there isnt a good DH left on the market

    • bleedDODGERblue 4 years ago


      • id rather young DH than napoli…

        • bleedDODGERblue 4 years ago

          Seems as though Young is requesting a trade and Napoli isn’t.

          • im just saying he will probably be a ranger because the rangers arent going to give him away and no one is going to pay top dollar for a defensively declining player with a fat salary..

        • PushDown 4 years ago

          Should’ve taught about that before even trading for Nap.

  9. RepOak 4 years ago

    Just get em outa the AL west!!

  10. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

    I think all these Michael Young articles should end with a “…for now.”

  11. Guest 4 years ago

    They need to just put him on waivers, and see if the Angels will claim him straight up. He’d be worth giving to a division rival, if it means saving $48M. And the Angels are reckless enough with there money to probably do it.

    • Nobody is going to claim a 34 year old defensive liability at third base at $48M. The Rangers need to absorb a chunk of salary or this isn’t happening.

  12. bleedDODGERblue 4 years ago

    The Rockies are just trying to lower the asking price.

    If not it should lower the price for the Dodger’s

  13. Big_jays_fan 4 years ago

    what about Jays trading for Micheal Young

    this way

    Bautista can move back to RF
    Young can either play 3B or 2B . Hill moving to 3B

    this way we solidify our Defense with removing jaun from RF and also giving bautista his desired position

    • bleedDODGERblue 4 years ago

      Toronto wasn’t on his list of 8 aproved teams. And it seems he wants to stay on the West coast looking at the cities he did aprove

      • yeah he grew up in Cali

      • BlueSkyLA 4 years ago

        I believe the Twins were on his approved trade list. Hey, maybe the Twins are planning to move to LA and join the Lakers. You heard it here first!

      • That may or may not be applicable though. He really wants out.

        On a related note, though, I can’t see Toronto digging their way out of Wells’ contract only to bury themselves again under Young’s.

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      Huh? What?? Solidify defense with Michael Young??

      If thats the case we are better off playing EE at 3rd

      because EE/2Million >>>>>>>>>>>>Young/48 million

  14. mkorpal 4 years ago

    I’ve seen this before, and I will see it again.

  15. T Morgan 4 years ago

    This is way out there, and given the finacials of the situation probably an impossibility.. But, what if chipper turns out not healthy? Think the Braves would be interested? He’s RHB and can play just about anywhere on the infield. And as we saw with Omar infante the Braves can find time for a guy that plays a lot of positions.

    • don’t see it happening. give em blake and prospects to TEX for young.

    • Or he can stay with Texas. Where he belongs.

      • he doesnt blong in Tx.. they treated him awfull.. he needs to go were hes wanted.. TX is going to suck again anyway

        • start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

          Yeah, that World Series berth is a hallmark of a team that sucks.

          • Dude if Cliff Lee didnt go to the Rangers they wouldnt have made it out the 1st round.. if he would have went to the Yanks like he was supposed to they would have went 3 and out against the rays.. without Lee they got nothing

          • start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

            Except they would have made the playoffs without Cliff Lee, hardly means they got nothing. Sure if this team makes the playoffs they’re certainly going to need someone to step up big on the mound, but I’d be surprised if they’re not in playoff contention.

          • Beau Buchholz 4 years ago

            Typical Yankee arrogance. Thinks that anyone w/ out a 250+ mil payroll will be terrible, and when we wiped the floor with the Yankees last year, it was because of one player. When in reality that one player only pitched in 1 game that series.

            And whos to say that we would have lost in the first round? Sure Lee pitched well, but if he wasnt here, that dosnt mean we would have lost. We simply wont know, because our rotation was set up around him pitching games 1 and 5.

            The Rangers caught fire at the perfect time, and made it to the WS, get over it Yankee fans. Better luck in 6 years when some of your god awful contracts will be coming off the books.

          • Beau Buchholz 4 years ago

            And he shouldn’t have gone to NYY last July because we made the better offer. If you really wanted him, you would have out bid us. Plain and simple.

          • Chrisn313 4 years ago


          • start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

            thank you

      • Didnt Pudge “belong” in Texas?

  16. hes going to the yankees.. sit back and watch

    • bleedrockiepurple 4 years ago

      He’s got nowhere to play, no way it happens.

      • he backs everyone up inculding DH and OF.. he knows that hes not going to start and he still put them as one of the 8 teams he would want to go to and he still put the yankees down.. he knows whats going to happen

        • bleedrockiepurple 4 years ago

          He wants out of Texas because he feels there won’t be enough playing time and he wants to start….and clearly that wont happen in NY so I’d like to know why they are on his list when he would be in a same exact situation as he is in now, i just dont see it happening IMO.

          • He wants out of TX not because of playing time just because of the way it went down.. he felt like they screwed him over.. he knows that theres no way he would ever start at NY expect when jeter or arod are hurt or tired and he still put em down.. he wants to win.. hes a washed up starter at best.. hell be the best utility player in the bigs

          • bleedrockiepurple 4 years ago

            He has always wanted to play and be a starter but was willing to accept a reduced role before all this went down and he felt he was screwed over and now he wants out because of the way it was handled but wants to not only win but go somewhere he can play.

          • Beau Buchholz 4 years ago

            Lmao for someone who claims to be some sort of coach for some sort of really good Juco college you really make yourself sound stupid, man. “hes a washed up starter at best” (which is completely and utterly wrong. he may be over paid, but he is still a legitimate starter on a contender, contract aside.) and in the SAME post (line none the less) “he’ll be the best utility player in the bigs” …. seems a bit contradictory dosnt it?

            And yeah, the Yankees really need a 16 mil a year player strictly for the bench bench as a super utility guy. Really smart. And for the record, he listed those 8 teams in 2007 when he signed the extension. not like it was 2 weeks ago.

          • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

            Don’t talk to your coach like that

          • bleedrockiepurple 4 years ago

            Like you said in an earlier post…”Typical Yankee arrogance” nuff said.

          • If he wants to win so bad why would he LEAVE the team that JUST went to the WORLD SERIES??!? And those yankees could end up in 4th place in the east

    • Glen 4 years ago

      He goes to the Yanks, who flip him to the Angels for Kazmir.

  17. Every_Month_is_Roctober 4 years ago

    Look at it this way, if the Rangers traded to the Rockies and ate $20 Million of the contract, they would still be saving $28 Million over the next 3 years and getting decent players in return. Young would get to be an everyday player at his natural position (2B), The Rangers would get younger bench depth and save some money in the process. Keeping Young and not playing him doesn’t get them anything but a frustrated player and the most expensive part time DH in the game.

  18. dgrfns 4 years ago

    I would think the Rangers would have to pickup 75% of his salary to trade him. Even then I can’t imagine them getting much in return. Young can’t hit a lick away from Arlington and can’t field no matter where he is. As a Dodger fan I pray they don’t make a deal for him. I can see him hitting .270 with about 9Hr’s playing half his games in LA.

  19. JTrea81 4 years ago

    Glad to see the O’s grabbed Vlad before the Rangers had a chance to go after him again. I’m surprised though with the huge cash inflow that the Rangers have from FSN, that they couldn’t have just kept Young and signed Vlad and not dealt for Napoli at all.

  20. They will be back in talks in a week or so when the Rangers realize that their asking price is too high and that the Rockies are the only true suitor right now.

  21. The Rangers are currently holding all of the cards and Michael has none. They don’t have to trade him just caused he feels disrespected and asked for a trade. So as a Ranger fan I would suggest that you keep Young… smoothe some feathers and do your best to keep MY away from Daniels. As time passes this stupid episode will pass. MY doesn’t have to respect or care about Daniels since that is someone he does not play with on a daily basis. Time to let this whole episode blow over without making any changes to the line-up.

    • Or he could pull an 06 Alfonso Soriano and refuse to come up to bat during spring training

      • I always called Soriano “E4″ when he was with the Rangers… lol what a waste of space. I don’t think MY has that in him to do that, although it might be funny.

        • That would be HILARIOUS but the problom is he wants MORE PA’s so what he might do is come to bat when some one else is up. Or try to run to an IF spot when hes slotted at DH

  22. I just don’t get this, in the NL Vlad was useless as he can’t field well and there’s no DH, so if you’re trying to negotiate with an NL team and no AL teams are barking up your tree, why up the demand because a guy that they weren’t in on and never wanted is now off the board? Yes, Young has more value than Vlad as he can play the IF and Vlad can barely play a corner OF, but Vlad not being around doesn’t raise the value of Young any more or less.

    Rangers aren’t going to deal him, they’re going to force him into a super utility / part time DH role and maybe try to deal him next year.

    • Next year Young will have 10/5 rights and can veto any trade. It gets done now or the Rangers are hosed…. yet they act like they have leverage. Amazing!

  23. sj0flr 4 years ago

    This is high stakes poker. Washington had to make his comments about Young because as the manager he had to defend the team captain – his team expects that. Washington’s statements cannot alter the fact that Young will be traded. Young’s comments put TEX in an untenable position, and Daniels is now trying to throw elbows to get whatever leverage he can. COL is really the only other team in the hand and is unwilling to run up the pot against themselves. They’ll sit back and let the clock run and Daniels sweat. In the end, Young will be traded for the best offer (which might not be much). Probably to COL.

  24. Agreed.

  25. start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    “Unless a GM has a major brain lapse”

    So you think the Angels will offer Trout?

    I agree, Young really needs to shut up and play. When you’re getting paid $16M a year I think you can accept the fact your team will treat you like a business asset.

  26. Rangers don’t need a 4th outfielder… They are stacked with outfielders as is.

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