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Michael Young trade rumors refuse to die, get resuscitated by Buster Olney

Feb 4, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

Michael Young

Rangers president Nolan Ryan appeared to put the seemingly never-ending Michael Young trade speculation to rest last week by saying Young “is going to be our designated hitter on Opening Day,” but now Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that Texas has “recently continued to explore a possible trade.”

And, like the previous 1,000 stories about Young being on or off the trade market, Olney pegs the Rockies as the most likely landing spot. I’m not sure what, if anything, has changed since last week or last month (or last year, since this all started at the winter meetings in December), but the likelihood of Young actually being traded continues to depend on how much of his remaining contract the Rangers are willing to eat.

Young is owed $16 million in each of the next three seasons, so unless the Rangers take back a similarly unwanted contract as part of the swap they’d presumably have to cover at least $20 million or so of that $48 million. Right now Young is slated to be the Rangers’ primary designated hitter, with plans to use him as a super utility man when needed.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Feb 4, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Young for Helton? Doesn’t he have like 25 more years on his contract?

    • BC - Feb 4, 2011 at 1:55 PM

      I think three years.

  2. scatterbrian - Feb 4, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    The Angels have an opening at 3B and money to burn. Young for Wood.

    • wihalofan - Feb 4, 2011 at 5:34 PM

      Or Kazmir.

      • crashdog - Feb 5, 2011 at 12:15 AM

        Face it Angels fans, you are stuck with Kazmir,his lack of self-confidence, his dead arm, and huge contract. While Rodriguez didnt exactly light it up in 2010, you guys still got hammered in that deal

  3. kindasporty - Feb 4, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Carlos Guillen and Clete Thomas for Michael Young and 15 million. Guillen can play DH for the Rangers and sub on the infield (and be happy about it) plus they would get a good fourth outfielder/possible starter in Thomas. The Tigers would get Michael Young for what would basically be three years and just under 7 million a year after you deduct what they would have paid Guillen next year. I know talking specifics while speculating things like this is pointless since as a fan it’s almost impossible to guess what’s going to happen, but it’s fun anyways.

  4. kappy32 - Feb 4, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    Fred Wilpon for Michael Young.

    • kiwicricket - Feb 5, 2011 at 3:38 PM

      Mets would have to kick in 75M or so

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