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Report: The Rockies are out on Michael Young

Feb 9, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

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We’ve heard the Rockies mentioned as a potential destination for Michael Young dating back to the winter meetings, so many have considered them an obvious fit now that the 34-year-old infielder has formally requested a trade. They are even one of the eight places where Young said he would approve a trade.

If only it was that easy.

A major league source tells Troy Renck of the Denver Post that the Rockies are out on Young.

Young’s remaining salary and the Rangers’ demands are two significant reasons why talks have broken down. According to Renck, the Rangers’ demands changed once Vladimir Guerrero agreed to sign with the Orioles. The Rangers are reluctant to simply give Young away, because they feel they don’t have an adequate replacement for him in the lineup. At least that’s what they are saying. It’s still possible that talks could be revived, but a deal between the two teams appears doubtful right now.

The Dodgers have interest in the Southern California native, but Mike DiGiovanna and Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times are reporting that the club has questions about Young’s defense and how his power will translate to Dodger Stadium. And if you read Aaron’s thorough takedown of Young yesterday, those concerns are completely valid.

The Rangers would love to get something of value in return for Young, but it’s unlikely they’ll be able to do so unless they eat a significant portion of the $48 million he is owed over the next three seasons. It’s a tough spot.

  1. Mike Luna - Feb 9, 2011 at 1:28 AM

    If Young was going to suddenly become someone entirely unlike himself, he could have done it earlier in the off-season when other teams might have had interest in him and room for his salary.

    • paperlions - Feb 9, 2011 at 7:34 AM

      Huh? This is exactly who Young has always been, he’s complained in the media before when the team tells him he’ll play a different position for the good of the team (and because he isn’t good enough to keep playing it for a winning team), for some reason he’s treated with kid gloves in the media and his complaints are immediately forgotten.
      Young has never been the player people think he is and he’s never been the person people think he is.

      • Mike Luna - Feb 9, 2011 at 2:31 PM

        Then let me put “like himself” is quotes to illustrate that, to the average fan, he is only the man he is perceived to be through the media.

  2. proudlycanadian - Feb 9, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    The Angels are the most obvious destination for him. I agree with him that he has constantly been jerked around by Texas.

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