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The Dodgers have inquired about Michael Young

Feb 8, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

Michael Young swinging

Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers have “had preliminary talks” with the Rangers about Michael Young. Gurnick reports, however, that a trade to the Dodgers is “a very long shot.”

As D.J. noted last night Young is from Southern California and the Dodgers are on his list of teams to which he’d accept a trade.  But really, there isn’t much to suggest a match here.  The Dodgers don’t have a ton of money to spend, thus meaning that the Rangers would probably have to pick up even more of Young’s contract to send him to the Dodgers than they otherwise will.

More to the point, though, is that there isn’t a clear position for Young to play in L.A.  Casey Blake has third base covered, Furcal has short, Loney has first and there is no DH.  If Young is all bent out of shape about not having a set position in Texas, the Dodgers aren’t going to make him feel any better on that score.

  1. seanmk - Feb 8, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    maybe i’m crazy but what about second base? granted they signed uribe this winter to that stupid deal, but that is a position he could potentially play, all be it poorly

  2. shawnuel - Feb 8, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    People in LA are complaining about Uribe’s deal. How would they react to Young? Besides, That ballpark doesn’t play particularly well to Young’s (lack of) skills.

  3. pjh2764 - Feb 8, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Granted this is a total longshot with Youngs salary but Id rather see Young at 3rd with Blake and his diminishing offense going to utility role. Or Young to second with Uribe at third. Funny reading that Blake has third covered? ???

  4. dodger88 - Feb 8, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    I doubt Young would provide much of a boost but if the Dodgers were to acquire him I would prefer to see him play 2B, Uribe 3B and have Blake play more of utility role. He still hits lefties well, making him a threat off the bench, and he can back up at 3B or 1B (please no LF!). Blake has struggled to stay healthy the past year so he is going to need time off regardless of his role. Again, I doin;t think Young will produce nearly as well outside of Arlington so he had better come for a cheap price if the Dodgers somehow pull off a trade. And as disappointing as he has been, they had better not trade Loney to make room for Young.

  5. bigtrav425 - Feb 8, 2011 at 11:54 AM

    If they move Casey to 2nd and let Young play 3rd id do that deal in a minute if im the Dodgers…Im seeing alot of hate for Young today(yes he does have a huge contract but thats not his fault..its the Rangers) Other then that he is a pretty solid player who can hit

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