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Report: Rangers still exploring Young trade


08:07 AM ET 02.05 | According to the sources of ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney , the Rangers have recently continued to explore the possibility of trading Michael Young. "Texas had talked extensively with teams at the winter meetings about Young -- Colorado , in particular -- and there was enough groundwork drawn there that a deal could eventually get pushed across the finish line," Olney wrote on Friday. "But it's not a sure thing that a Young deal is going to happen, because both the Rockies and Rangers would need concessions to complete a deal."

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February 5, 2011  08:13 AM ET

First one!

February 5, 2011  08:13 AM ET

That's pretty much what the winter meetings are all about, to see what a player is worth to other teams as far as getting a return. I'd keep him though.

February 5, 2011  08:13 AM ET

I've always wanted to do that

February 5, 2011  08:17 AM ET

I've always wanted to do that

It's good to have goals :)

February 5, 2011  08:35 AM ET

It's good to have goals :)

Thats what my mom tells me too!! ;)

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February 5, 2011  11:43 AM ET

I can't believe this would be a good move by Texas. As for the Rockies, depending, obviously, on what they would have to give up, getting Young could definitely make them the team to beat in the NL West, if they're not already.

February 5, 2011  11:47 AM ET

Trading Young makes no sense at all. He's versatile, he still has skills, and any trade will require the Rangers to pay part of his $16m/year salary. So what's the point?

Did Tom Hicks really sell the team? This is the type of stupid move he would have made.

February 5, 2011  11:58 AM ET

I'm betting Young isn't taking to his new utility role. They want him out of the clubhouse instead of being a reminder of just how quickly they forget you.

February 5, 2011  01:03 PM ET

I've said going after Beltre was a bad move ... he might ... might give them better defense but only marginal and now they've put a consistent 300 hitter on notice that he's only a DH when he still has the ability and desire to play ... this whole thing is a bad, bad move for Texas ... they'll regret it.

February 5, 2011  02:14 PM ET

I wouldn't like it if I were a Ranger's fan.

February 5, 2011  04:00 PM ET

There's always a spot at Wrigley for ya!

February 5, 2011  04:38 PM ET

no one wants him

February 5, 2011  04:49 PM ET

no one wants him if they suck, but winners like winners like Michael Young

February 5, 2011  06:17 PM ET

This is not news. The Rangers actively shopped Young at the Winter Meetings and it's been a toss-up whether he would still be on the team opening day or not. Yes, Young was the face of the franchise but his hitting declined badly after the AS break last season. He's 35 years old, his defensive skills have slipped and he's getting paid $16,000,000 per year. He still put up decent numbers overall but the question is whether the second half was a harbinger of what is coming or an aberration. Evidently the Rangers believe it signalled the beginning of the end of his career. It's a business and aging veterans with declining skills and monster salaries are a drag on the system. Once the Rangers signed Beltre, the writing was on the wall for Young.

I'd love to see him stay on the roster as a super-utility player, which he would be. He'd get his at-bats. But, you just don't pay utility players that kind of money and I haven't heard Young is willing to give up any of it.

The guy signed a 6-year, $80 million dollar contract in 2007. He's played well and represented the Rangers well but he has also been paid handsomely for it. I'm a Michael Young fan but I won't feel sorry for him if he is traded.

February 5, 2011  07:12 PM ET

Enough is enough already. How could this guy even want to stay with the Rangers? This is what the second time he's been rumored to be on the block? Not to mention the fact that he's switched positions twice. First for Kinsler at second and then for Andrus at short. And now they sign Beltre and forget Young. It's not even like he doesn't produce. He's a very good all-around ball player and a leader. Not to mention he's clutch. Forget these ingrates Michael, go somewhere else and shove it up Texas' !@#. As they say, you dance with the one that brought you there. And Young's undoubtedly taken them there. Like I said Ungrateful..They were more humble when they were on Levine said!!!

February 5, 2011  10:25 PM ET

Young is 34 years old with a career OPS+ of 105, good not great, he's a defensive liability wherever he plays and he's scheduled to make $48 million over the next three years.

Texas would be irresponsible not to explore the possibility of moving him.

February 5, 2011  10:33 PM ET


February 5, 2011  10:40 PM ET

BklynBomber, you are incorrect. Young did not move from 2nd to SS for Kinsler. He was at 2B when A-Rod was at SS. When A-Rod was traded for Soriano in 04 Young said he was honored to go to SS. The fact is he was never a great SS. He won a gold glove there but if you ask any baseball person, it is really amazing that he did. At 3B he was a HUGE liability in 09 and 10. His defense cost the Rangers a few games last year. He is still a great leader but his play in the field hurts the team. On a personal note I was hoping he could move to 1B and split time with Moreland (which he still may)

And, Nolan Ryan has said that Young will be on the roster on opening day. I think the Rangers are waiting to see how he does in his new role. If he does not do well, they will practically give him away at the break because he makes $16 million a year and they have to resign Hamilton, CJ Wilson, Cruz, and in the near future, Andrus and Feliz. I love Young, but good business says he has to go either this year or next.

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