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Diamondbacks “renewed efforts to trade” for Michael Young

Mar 10, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

Michael Young dugout

Ken Rosenthal of reported in mid-February that the Diamondbacks were interested in Michael Young and today he writes that they “renewed their efforts to trade” for him last week only to balk when the Rangers “asked for a strong package of prospects and major leaguers.”

Rosenthal is probably the best national reporter in the business and I’m not doubting what the “one source” quoted in the article told him, but I’m highly skeptical that the Rangers wanted “a strong package of prospects and major leaguers” for a guy they’ve clearly been trying to trade for the past four months.

Perhaps the Rangers asked for that type of return for Young if they’re expected to eat the entire $48 million remaining on his contract, but short of that they seem likely to let him go for either a sizable chunk of money saved or a decent prospect. And if they’re truly holding out for the package Rosenthal describes … well, then it’s no mystery why he hasn’t been traded in four months. Young just isn’t that valuable.

Of course, in this case the Diamondbacks are on the list of teams to which Young can veto a trade, so it may be a moot point anyway. He would be an upgrade on Melvin Mora at third base, though.

  1. luckywi - Mar 10, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Aaron, I like your reporting, and writing, but wouldn’t “the strong package of prospects and major leagers” be called establishing market value? And negotiating?

    • Jonny 5 - Mar 10, 2011 at 10:55 AM

      Or delusional.

  2. cur68 - Mar 10, 2011 at 11:06 AM

    Poor Mike Young. How does a guy this innocuous, friendly, and talented go from leader, star and face of the team to “get him out of town”? I hope he finds a new team, and soon. I think he’s got plenty left in the tank and will do well for someone else. Usually, I leave off insulting the Mets; too easy and it’s like kicking a wounded owl. But seriously? They could do a HELL of a lot worse than Young.

    • sportsdrenched - Mar 10, 2011 at 12:42 PM

      He changes his name to Zack Greinke?

  3. fthrvic - Mar 10, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    I guess maybe teams should stop overpaying these guys then. Then when (shockingly) they don’t produce or just get old, you wouldn’t have these kinds of problems with potential trades. They got what they asked for when they gave Michael Young that contract.

  4. Jonny 5 - Mar 10, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    many rumors flying…….

    People are live blogging about it during the Phills / Yankee game.

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 10, 2011 at 7:50 PM

      Oswalt? No effing way!!! Young and some moolah for Big Joe? Maybe.

      • cur68 - Mar 10, 2011 at 8:04 PM

        Might make sense. Of the rotation the KFC poster boy is most expendable; he’ll bring in some cash and Young’s got enough natural ability to offset Utley’s considerable instinctive skills. Really though, what they need is someone scrappy. A ballplayer. Santiago might be the guy. After extensive research I have been unable to confirm that he’s been busted this pre-season for DUI, which is good. Its what you want in a ballplayer. Sobriety.

      • gt929 - Mar 10, 2011 at 10:38 PM

        Blanton for Young might make sense for the Phillies but it wouldn’t for the Rangers. Even with three rotation spots up in the air, I doubt Blanton could beat out Feliz, Holland, Kirkman, Hurley (all having good STs), Hunter, then there’s Feldman and Webb when they get healthy. He would have to be bettter than 5 of those 7. Translate so-so NL numbers to AL, and Blanton doesn’t look too attractive. The Rangers don’t really want to move Young, and they’ve said any trade would have to improve the team.

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 10, 2011 at 11:03 PM

        But as often as Young has been moved around the diamond, they might be able to shift him to right field when Bionic Utley gets back to work.

  5. gt929 - Mar 10, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    Forgot to mention Matt Harrison, who is also having a good spring and has a real chance to make the Ranger rotation. So, Blanton would have to be better than 6 other Ranger prospective starters. He isn’t.

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