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Phillies 'kicked tires' on Young


08:18 AM ET 02.10 | As the Michael Young situation unfolded in Texas, an NL East power took a closer look at the infielder. The Philadelphia Phillies recently contacted the Texas Rangers to express an interest in Young, three Major League Baseball sources confirmed to But the trade talks failed to yield much common ground, and discussions between the clubs are no longer active. One source said the discussions were "brief" and amounted essentially to "tire kicking" on the part of the Phillies. The Rangers are currently fielding offers for Young, who has asked to be traded in the midst of a rift with the team's front office.

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February 10, 2011  08:35 AM ET

Kick away

February 10, 2011  08:36 AM ET

There is a lot of tire kicking going on these days. Looks like Michael may have to head to AZ.

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February 10, 2011  09:14 AM ET

I hope he was wearing a cup.

February 10, 2011  09:26 AM ET

no common ground ... c'mon ... there's Cliff Lee ...

February 10, 2011  09:41 AM ET

Would he really want to come be a bench guy in Philly? of course I'm sure he rather hand wash Howard's jock strap then start for the Mets

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February 10, 2011  10:25 AM ET

Young is a great player but he makes way to much money for his skill set. The Phils are capped money-wise.

February 10, 2011  10:29 AM ET

He and Vernon Wells are friends. The Angels need a 3Bman. The Angels have prospects to trade, and are one of the few teams that could absorb a large part of the Michael Young contract. The Angels make a lot of sense.

BUT ......

Texas FEARS facing an Angels team with Michael Young as their starting 3Bman. Thus ... despite the "fit"... Michael Young NEVER gets traded to the Angels. Take THAT to the bank ...

February 10, 2011  10:35 AM ET

The best fit for Young is in, oddly enough, LA with the Angels. Be interesting to see if that one gets done.

Not a chance unless Nolan suddenly got senile.

February 10, 2011  10:49 AM ET

I wouldn't be surprised if Young and the Rangers patch things up in the end. Just saying...

February 10, 2011  11:01 AM ET

Would he really want to come be a bench guy in Philly? of course I'm sure he rather hand wash Howard's jock strap then start for the Mets

What do you get when you cross Michael Young with Ryan Howard? A doubly overpaid mulatto

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February 10, 2011  05:53 PM ET

Michael Young at 3rd, IMO, is a better overall option than Placido Polanco. Not real sure what his range is anymore, but the man can still hit. .284BA, .774OPS, 21HR, 91RBI in 2010. I would take that production out of my 3B.

February 10, 2011  06:32 PM ET

Is there any validity to the idea of the Twins being a good fit for Young? I may be wrong but they need a steady second baseman and number 2 hitter. Young can fill both of those really well. The Rangers would have to eat a good part of the contract, but I see this as being a good fit.

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February 10, 2011  09:35 PM ET

Good fit, I think, but I don't think they want his salary.

Agreed. I think the salary would be the hinging aspect of not picking him up, since the last I heard they were up over 110M in payroll, and I am still wondering whether Nishioki would fill in the vacant number 2 spot in the lineup that Hudson left.

February 10, 2011  10:24 PM ET

How in the world can the Phillies take on more payroll? Young is another $16M a year.

As to his fielding, Young's fielding stats at 3B over the past 2 years have been well below average.

February 11, 2011  02:25 PM ET

Young stays. He's making 16mil for the next 3. Rangers would have to eat so much they might as well keep. He played for them when they sucked terribly, might as well keep him around now that Nolan is running the show. I'm sure his ego is hurting, but you can hurt my ego all day long for 16mil.

February 11, 2011  11:14 PM ET

young, can play any infield position, or outfield, dh,except catching,but his main role would be a super/ utility player,money shouldn't be a problem for young, he gets the highest deal as a utility player and part time on the field whenever he will be need it!


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