According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rockies and Rangers are discussing a trade involving third baseman Michael Young. For now, consider this nothing more than a rumor, but Grant is a man in the know.
The 33 year-old Young is a six-time All-Star that’s been a fixture in the Ranger’s lineup for the last decade. The Rangers moved Young several times to accommodate other players. He has selflessly accepted each position change and excelled as a shortstop, second baseman, and third baseman. He is a .300 career hitter with power and an ability to work the count. Last season was a down year for Young, but he still hit .284 with 21 homeruns and thirty-six doubles. He also hit .254 during playoffs last year. Acquiring a talent like Mike Young would be huge for the Rockies.
Young’s salary will be an issue for the Rox. The infielder is due $16M a year for the next three seasons, and at his age, there is a risk that he could break down. Also, the Ranger’s asking price for Young will not be small. Colorado should be careful about overpaying for Young. He is still a good player, but he is in decline. More to come on this developing story.