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Destinations for Young dwindling

Posted on: February 9, 2011 8:54 am
Edited on: February 9, 2011 12:56 pm
Michael Young Throughout the offseason, just one team has expressed interest in disgruntled Ranger Michael Young, the Rockies. No more, Troy Renck of the Denver Post writes .

Renck says a major-league source tells him the Rockies are out on Young and not sure a deal can be revived. The Rockies have been in and out of the Young talks since before the Winter Meetings in early December.

Colorado seemed like a good fit for Young, who could fill a hole at second base. Right now, the Rockies have four candidates to start at second base, Jonathan Herrera, Jose Lopez, Chris Nelson and Eric Young Jr.

The Rockies are one of eight teams on Young's approved list, but few of those teams seem to be interested in Young. The seven other teams are the Padres, Dodgers, Astros, Cardinals, Angels, Twins and Yankees.

Here's the rest of the teams and reactions to a possible Young trade:

• Ken Gurnick of writes the Dodgers have had talks with the Rangers, but a source tells him a deal is "a very long shot."

• Young's contract makes him a poor fit for the Astros, Zachary Lavine of the Houston Chronicle writes , even if it's a swap of bad contracts with Carlos Lee headed to Texas.

• The Cardinals aren't interested in Young, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes .

• The Angels are interested in Young, but Rangers' president Nolan Ryan it's doubtful the team would send Young to a team within his own division, the Los Angeles Times ' Mike DiGiovanna writes . Another story in the Times notes the teams match up well in terms of bad contracts, but the Rangers wouldn't really want Scott Kazmir or Fernando Rodney.

• There's "zero chance" the Twins make a deal for Young, Joe Christensen of the Star-Tribune tweets , adding the teams had discussed a trade before, but the contract is too much for the Twins to add.

• As for the Yankees and Padres -- the Padres don't want to spend that kind of money on Young, while the Yankees could, but they've already got overpaid declining infielders.

• There are also reports that Young would expand his list on a "team-by-team" basis -- which he may have to do in order to play for someone other than the Rangers in 2011.

UPDATE: An executive from one of the teams interested in Young tells Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman , "I still don't think they'll trade him."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Jan 2, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:45 pm

Destinations for Young dwindling

Wishful thinking but, I've see some magic lately already:  Jays trade Juan Rivera and Texas picks up 15 mil of the 48 mil left on the contract for Young.  This opens up Bautista for right, Sinder left and Lind can fight with stone hands Encarnacion fighting out first DH duties (everything at 3rd/1st is scary though.  It would end up a 3-way trade of: Wells to Angels, Napoli and Rivera to Texas, Young/Francisco + 15mil to Jays.  Now that would really be some magic, and again WISHFUL thinking.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:00 pm

Destinations for Young dwindling

The few teams that can afford to pay him (even assuming Texas pays a chunk, which they would) don't need him. The Yankees have money to burn after they struck out this offseason, but they're set at all four infield positions. I suppose they could try him at DH, but that's a lot of casheesh for a DH. The Red Sox clearly don't need him. The Dodgers might have a use for him, but can't do it during the Divorce Court rollercoaster. The Mets have their own legal issues to deal with. Philly is maxed out. Ditto for the Cubs. The Angels just added Wells and his loony contract. I'm running out of teams that traditionally spend big....

Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 1:57 pm

Destinations for Young dwindling

Please trade Mark Teahen to them for Young.....Please

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:50 am


Ok, so you want to know what happens to Michael Young-if he doesn't stay???? Inside sources say-yes, the PHILLIES are kicking around the possibility of trading for Young, and possibily shipping out Polanco!!!

Yep, the Phils replace some of that pop from the right side and find a 5 hole hitter! Man, could that get any better???

Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:45 am

Destinations for Young dwindling

8Cowboy22, are you kidding? Mr Whiner (sorry, I meant Mr Young) has already expressed his feelings over another position change:

WAHHH, they want to move me AGAIN!

And that was a proposal to have him play 1st and DH BEFORE they got Napoli.

At this stage of his career, he's apparently become a little selfish. I mean come on, Pete Rose and Paul Molitor played all over the place (just to name a couple). Some guys have what it takes to shuffle around the diamond, some dont.

He's already made it perfectly clear that he's not interested in moving to other positions so the only option left is to move him to a new team.

I understand that the team has moved him several times before, but all the moves were made to improve the defense. Lets face it, the guy's an excellent hitter but he'll never be confused with Brooks Robinson, Ozzie Smith or Frank White on defense.
Plus he's now on the downside of his career. Its not like you can expect him to improve with the glove and Kinsler, Andrus and Beltre are all much better with the glove at their respective positions. Think about it this way: if Young was better defensively than any of the other guys, he wouldnt have been moved before.

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 7:21 am

Destinations for Young dwindling

Other than his Salary, it seems very strange to me the Rangers would even think of trading Michael Young because of all the options he gives manager Ron Washington. Young can spell Adrian Beltre at 3rd and Elvis Adndrus at short. He's also played 2nd base which allows Ian Kinsler to get some days off. Young can also DH and play first base, and I have to think he's much better defensively at first than Mike Napoli. Plus, he's a leader and a lifetime .300 hitter. He's been the face of this franchise for years...yes, I know it's a business, but he deserved better from the club.

Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2011 8:57 pm

Destinations for Young dwindling

Use him all over the infield?  What infield are you talking about?  Where is he going to play?  The Reds have gold glover Scott Rolen at 3b World Series MVP Edgar Renteria at SS who they just signed, perennial All Star Brandon Phillips at 2b and NL MVP Joey Votto at first.  So tell me where is he going to play?  You reds fans are delusional, do your homework before spewing this nonsense on blog pages!

Since: Feb 9, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2011 8:54 pm

Destinations for Young dwindling

Are you insane?  Do you even know what you're talking about?  They have gold glover Scott Rolen at 3rd, world series MVP Edgar Renteria who they just signed to play SS and perennial All-Star Brandon Phillips at 2b and NL MVP Joey Votto at 1b now tell me where would Michael Young play on this team?  You Reds fans better do your research before you go off spouting this nonsense!

Since: Feb 28, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2011 8:01 pm

Destinations for Young dwindling

Don't know why the Rockies would be interested in Young for the second base position. Already have 4 younger and capable candidates. My preference is Jonathon Herrera. Where the Rockies could use some competiton is at third base where a disappointing Ian Stewart is the only for sure candidate. Can Michael Young play third?

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 7:02 pm

Destinations for Young dwindling

send him to japan. then we wont have to hear about him anymore.

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