Rangers, D’Backs Discussed Michael Young Again

The Diamondbacks made another attempt to acquire Michael Young from the Rangers last week, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Though Young has asked to be traded, there’s no guarantee that he would approve a move to the D’Backs, one of the teams to which he can veto trades. However, one source told Rosenthal that Young would be willing to join the D’Backs and play third base.

Young has a list of ten teams to which he would approve a trade, according to Rosenthal: the eight teams that can acquire him without approval plus the Phillies and the Cubs. Young can’t block trades to the Rockies, Angels, Dodgers, Padres, Cardinals, Twins, Yankees and Astros, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. 

Young is expensive – he’ll earn $16MM for each of the next three seasons – but the Rangers don’t want to compromise their chances of winning in 2011 by dealing him. Young’s contract makes him unattractive to both the Phillies and the Cubs. The Phillies don’t have much room in their budget, so acquiring a $16MM player is unrealistic. The Cubs wouldn’t find it much easier to make the financial side of the deal work.


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27 Comments on "Rangers, D’Backs Discussed Michael Young Again"


Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

Who would have figured that of all story lines in the off season of 2010/2011 that Michael Young would get the most story written about him.

inleylandwetrust
4 years 5 months ago

Why would Arizona want Young?

GasLampGuru
4 years 5 months ago

Um, perhaps they want him because they are looking at starting the season with a platoon of Blum, Abreu and Mora at 3B. None of those guys has any business getting regular playing time on a major league roster, especially at 3B. Young would instantly be their most consistent hitter and provide them with veteran leadership on a relatively young team.

I’ve always been a fan of Young’s game and would love to see him in San Diego. Not that it would ever happen, but his game would translate well to PetCo – high average, lots of line drives, tons a doubles. He’d be an ideal #3 or #5 hitter.

inleylandwetrust
4 years 5 months ago

For a team that is rebuilding, why would they trade prospects and/or take on salary for Michael Young? If veteran leadership is what they are after, sign Milwood or Eckstein or someone else who is cheap and “plays the game the right way”. I see that their 3B platoon right now is pretty bad, but in the grand scheme of things does it make them that much better or improve the team enough to give up anything for Young?

iheartyourfart
4 years 5 months ago

because right now Geoff Blum and Melvin Mora are legitimately fighting for starting infield jobs. just take a second to absorb the gravity of that situation.

gunsnascar
4 years 5 months ago

the cubs will save their money for a run at pujols

ubercubsfan
4 years 5 months ago

2012: Cubs sign Pujols. Cardinals fan’s riot. White Sox fans continue to whine about Cubs being more popular and loved.

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

2022: Albert Pujols 10 year contract is over and the Cubs still haven’t won the world series. When Albert was asked if he regretted his 2011 decision he said “this place is cursed, I should have stayed in St.Louis”

ubercubsfan
4 years 5 months ago

Wouldn’t doubt it at all. Cubs always seemed destined for failure. :(

iheartyourfart
4 years 5 months ago

more like: sorry i can’t hear you over the sound of my OPS

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

not really the point, but okay

BlueCatuli
4 years 5 months ago

All jokes and WS droughts aside, it isn’t that hard to imagine his numbers staying on par with his career stats, as he gets older, if he were to play 81 games in hitter friendly Wrigley field as opposed to 81 games in pitcher friendly Busch Stadium.

4 years 5 months ago

2012: The Cubs still don’t make the playoffs despite having the best player in baseball and the largest payroll in the National League; while the White Sox continue to draw ho-hum, white trash crowds, plug in utility players, develop pitching, and win games. And is it a single Cardinals fan that owns a riot? “Cardinals FAN’S riot”. Ohhh, you mean plural people that are Cardinals fans, rioting. I see. There’s no apostrophe to pluralize something, an apostrophe shows ownership… but being a Cubs fan, maybe you don’t have the intellect to know that. Let me help- “The 103 years that have gone by since the Cubs last won the World Series is every Cubs FAN’S cross to bear…” vs. “Cubs FANS appearing at Wrigley Field rarely know the names of the players on the roster…”

4 years 5 months ago

This would be great for the Dbacks if they can get Young with Texas taking all or most of the salary. I see Young as a much better every day option at third base than a combination of Mora, Blum, and Tony Abreu. They could even offer players like Abreu or Allen.

MadmanTX
4 years 5 months ago

Too bad nothing specific in articles about who the Rangers were demanding from the D’Backs.

ubercubsfan
4 years 5 months ago

Probably just salary relief.

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

Take it and go..just takeitandgo

GrizzlyBeer
4 years 5 months ago

If Texas is a fan of Brandon Allen, then I would think the possibility of a deal is high. Otherwise, not so much.

smit85249
4 years 5 months ago

I agree that the Dbacks would like Young as their thirdbaseman. If Texas eats a large portion of his salary and the Dbacks give up Brandon Allen, this would be good for the Dbacks. Young would be an ideal 2, 3, 5, or 6 hitter in their line up. I believe Young could hit 20-25 HRs playing in Chase Field half the year on top of 90-100rbis and 300 avg.

4 years 5 months ago

This isn’t anything new, every team interested in Young wants Texas to eat a significant part of his salary and Texas is unwilling to do that. To make matters worse, the Rangers expect top talent in return, still refusing to send cash in the deal. At this point Young is worth $5M-$8M a year, not $16M.

Jays All The Way
4 years 5 months ago

Daniels seems to think he is anthopolous

4 years 5 months ago

Thoughts on a Michael Young for Brandon Allen and either Tony Abreu or Ryan Roberts deal?

4 years 5 months ago

I would think Towers would be hesitant to include Roberts in the deal considering the spring he’s been having.

PHXDynastyXHP
4 years 5 months ago

Roberts always has a good spring. I like him, but there’s a reason the Dbacks signed Kelly Johnson instead of giving Roberts the job at 2B.

The Dbacks lack depth at SS, so I doubt Abreu would be included. Allen is probably considered expendable with Branyan, Miranda, Wily Mo, and Nady on board. Krauss, Pollack, Cowgill, etc. any prospect not named Parker, Goldschmidt, Davidson, or Owings would make them have to consider this deal.

northsfbay
4 years 5 months ago

There is no reason for the Rangers to unload Young’s contract. This is a rehash of the old stuff.

4 years 5 months ago

I say if the D’backs can aquire him, then why not…Being a D’backs fan, this move actually excites me.

PleaseCubs
4 years 5 months ago

Cubs need second base help, Silva for Young, with Rangers paying half of Young’s contract for 2012 n 2013