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Phillies looked into Michael Young, talks didn’t get far

Feb 9, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

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From ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Phillies reached out to the Rangers recently about a possible trade for disgruntled infielder Michael Young, but that talks did not get far.

A source told Crasnick that the Phils were only “tire kicking” and that the conversation was “brief.”

As it should have been.  The Phillies are already committed to Placido Polanco at third base, Jimmy Rollins at shortstop and Chase Utley at second.  And they should be happy with that crew.

But it makes sense that the Phils would at least ask.  The Rockies have done the same, as have the Dodgers, Astros and Cardinals.  It’s safe to assume, really, that almost every major league club has at least made contact with the Rangers’ front office to see what kind of swap they might be open to.

The Rangers are really going to struggle to find a landing spot for Young.  He is owed $48 million over the next three seasons, his defense at the hot corner is not great, and he has not produced quality offensive numbers away from the power-friendly confines of the Ballpark in Arlington.  On top of all that, he is 34 years old.

Rangers GM Jon Daniels is not going to be forced into making a bad deal and he’s not simply going to eat the money remaining on Young’s contract.  The veteran may simply have to suck it up and begin traveling to Rangers camp.  There are plenty of at-bats available to him in Texas at DH and first base.

  1. b7p19 - Feb 9, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    It’s too bad Ed Wade isn’t the GM of ALL the teams in the league. The Phillies could have gotten the Rangers to pay the rest of his contract while only giving up some big league chew.

    • Drew Silva - Feb 9, 2011 at 11:06 PM

      I thought for a little that the Astros might jump in. But that’d be too damn funny. I guess they’re a little serious about trying to do things right.

      I didn’t love the Wandy and Myers extensions because I think those funds should go to the draft and international markets — they need to get younger and more cost-effective — but they weren’t obscene contracts. They were deals that contenders would love to do and be right to do.

  2. Utley's Hair - Feb 9, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    Well, the Phightins need a RH bat, the Bank is a hitter friendly park and he’s moved all over the damn field, so why not try to get him in right?

    But he’d be a pretty damn expensive platoon/utility/bench player, especially with Raul here, too. Rube can keep an eye on him and maybe take a crack if the Walkers get desperate.

    Hey, MY, try to make it an easy decision for Nolan and his cohorts, and maybe you’ll get to reunite with your buddy Cliffy, mmkay? ;)

    • Jonny 5 - Feb 10, 2011 at 10:06 AM

      If Jimmies wheels fall off again……………. i guess they could use him.

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