Rumor roundup: Latest on possible Young trade
Rumors about the Texas Rangers possibly trading Michael Young have risen yet again with the Colorado Rockies as a potential target. The rumors range from talks between the Rockies and Rangers being at an “advanced stage” to the the Rockies continuing to have interest but not talking to the Rangers. The latest rumors:
- In a press call, Texas Rangers general manager confirmed that Young has requested a trade and that the team will try to accommodate him and upgrade the club.
- Thomas Harding with MLB.com reports that as of Monday, the Rangers are focused more on trying to smooth things over with Young rather than pursue a trade.
- According to ESPNDallas.com, Buster Olney has confirmed an earlier report that Young has told the team he wants to be traded.
- Jeff Wilson at the Dallas Morning News reports that Rangers sources have said that they won’t trade Young unless it improves the club.
- Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown reports that the Rangers have told Young they will attempt to trade him in the coming days because the infielder is no longer happy with his undefined role.
- The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Sunday that talk of a deal being completed as soon as Monday are inaccurate, but that there is some truth to the suggestion that Young has soured on his proposed role as a utility player/designated hitter.
- Buster Olney at ESPN.com puts together an updated scouting report on Young by various talent evaluators. The consensus: great makeup and the guy can still hit, but at $16 million, he is overpaid. More here (Insider subscription required).
- The Dallas Morning News writes that no matter what the Texas Rangers say about Young being part of their lineup in 2011, the talk is beginning to sound like that which preceded Alex Rodriguez’s inevitable exit from Texas.
- For a deal to happen, the money needs to be figured out first. Rockies are reportedly looking for around $20 million from the Rangers to cover part of Young’s remaining salary. If the Rangers agree to that much, they might even get a decent prospect in a trade.
- Ken Rosenthal at FoxSports.com Tweeted Saturday morning that one source says the Rangers are talking only to the Rockies and that another source says a deal could come as soon as Monday.
- FoxSports.com reported late Friday that a source says talks between the Rockies and Rangers are at an advanced stage but that the Rockies remain confused by the mixed messages from the Rangers. The Rockies latest proposal includes infielder Jose Lopez, who the team acquired from the Seattle Mariners in December. The story also notes that even if the Rockies received cash as part of the deal, they might need to shed more salary, possibly .
- Jon Heyman at SI.com Tweeted on Saturday that the Baltimore Orioles’ signing of former Ranger Vladimir Guerrero ends any possibility of a trade because the Rangers need Young to DH.
- Olney returns Saturday with more details, suggesting that something has changed in the relationship between the Rangers and Young. Olney continues to note the Rockies as a potential fit and includes the Oakland A’s and Toronto Blue Jays as possible destination. More here (Insider subscription required).
- Denver’s newspaper, meanwhile, said Saturday the Rangers haven’t reached out to the Rockies yet.