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UPDATE: OK, maybe Michael Young isn’t going anywhere yet

Feb 5, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Haven’t we been through this whole song and dance before?

Troy Renck of the Denver Post has spoken with multiple sources with direct knowledge of the Rockies’ situation, who tell him that the Rangers have not re-opened talks for Michael Young.

The Rockies are interested, mind you, but they would want the Rangers to eat $20 million, if not more, in order to get a deal done. As of now, nothing doing.

1:01 PM: Ken Rosenthal has updated his report from last night, adding that the Rangers are only talking to the Rockies about Young and that a deal could be in place by as soon as Monday.

The Rockies’ latest proposal for Young includes infielder Jose Lopez, though Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that as of right now, the club is not willing to include Aaron Cook in the deal. Stay tuned.

10:20 AM: Buster Olney of reported yesterday that the Rangers have recently continued to explore the possibility of trading Michael Young.

Olney went even further in his column this morning, writing that “something has changed in the relationship between the player and the team.” Adrian Beltre and Mike Napoli are probably two pretty good hints.

Ken Rosenthal of is hearing a couple different takes on the situation, with one source telling him that talks with the Rockies have reached an “advanced stage,” while others say that the club is not convinced that the Rangers want to move him.

Meanwhile, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that as of Friday, the Rangers haven’t reached out to the Rockies in regards to Young.

It’s difficult to know where this thing is going, but everyone seems to agree that the Rockies have interest in Young as a potential second baseman. Of course, the biggest hurdle in a potential deal would be how much of Young’s salary the Rangers are willing to absorb. The 34-year-old Young is owed $16 million over each of the next three seasons.

  1. jetersusedjersey - Feb 5, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    I would think if the Rockies shipped Cook and Lopez to the Rangers that it would make a deal plyable.

  2. tbdevilrayfan - Feb 5, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Other then dumping salary, trading Young for a bag of beans seems like a step back for the defending AL Champs.
    In fact the Napoli deal was a step backwards too…. Especially if it means dumping the heart of the team in the process…. They need a Starter, and without Francisco they lost the flexibility to move Feliz to the rotation.
    Puzzling ….

    • bringpudgebacktotx - Feb 6, 2011 at 2:05 PM

      I will have to agree with you that trading Michael would be a step in the wrong direction. He is a valuable part of the Rangers organization. He has also been the face of the Rangers for the past 7 or 8 years. He might not be the best offensive 3rd baseman, but he is the heart of the Rangers.

      I feelthe Napoli trade was a slap in the face for Michael. We don’t need another infielder or catcher. We have Mitch Moreland, who showed up big during the playoffs, to play 1st. And Michael would be there if anything were to happen to Mitch. And we have Treanor and Torrealba behind the plate.

      Although I bleed Rangers Red, I have a hard time understanding what Jon Daniels and Nolan Ryan are doing. We need pitching. I was thrilled when I read we had traded Francisco. He sat on the bench last year and didn’t doa thing. He blew more save opportunities than he did save a game. I think Feliz was built to be an outstanding closer. His arm speed is phenomenal and I don’t think I want to see that damaged by having to pitch 6, 7, or 8 innings. With Lee gone, Daniels and Ryan should have tried for Garza when they knew we weren’t going to get Greinke. We have Wilson, Lewis, and maybe Hunter if he shows up..

      And that’s my Rangers rant for the day.

  3. shawnuel - Feb 6, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    I have no sentiment tied up in the Rangers (Mariner fan) and I think these have been a series of good moves for them. It is hard for a player to recognize when he is becoming a detriment to a team in certain areas (defense for Young and even offense, to a lesser extent) so it has to be hard. Plus, Young has hardly shown himself to be particularly welcoming to change in the past, although he eventually acquiesces and does it, after a good bit of bitching. Napoli will be WAY more of a weapon in Arlington than Young. If used the right way, I could see .270, 30+ 90+ every season.

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