Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News cites three sources who claim the Phillies and Rangers are in "advanced talks" regarding a trade for Michael Young. Grant reports the Phillies would likely be giving up a young major-league reliever and low-level prospect.
But if it the Rangers pick up most of the $16 million he's owed and all the Phils give up is an appealing but replaceabe arm ... hmm.
Grant reports that Texas would pick up "more than half" of his remaining money. Unless the reliever the Phillies plan on giving up is B.J. Rosenberg, it better be way more than half, it better be $11-13 million.
Young has 10-and-5 rights so he can block a trade to any team. He might be willing to do allow a deal, though, as this is at least the third time Texas has shopped him and he obviously sees the writing of a talented, crowded Rangers infield on the wall.
Young has played more than 3,000 innings at third base in his career and has extensive experience at first, second and short, as well. Third would obviously be his primary position here.
The defensive metrics are very unhappy with Young. He's been worth -86.1 runs on defense over his 13-year career, according to Fangraphs.
Many fans make fun of things like leadership and clubhouse presence but Young is universally appreciated in both regards. So at least there's that.
I guess the bottom line is that if all it takes to acquire Young is an expendable reliever, a non-prospect and $3-4 million, it's probably worth a try. Young is just a year removed from hitting .338/.380/.474, and in the eight seasons before that he hit .308 with a .814 OPS.
There are only a few more question marks surrounding Young than there are with Kevin Youkilis, who is almost three years younger but is also declining. Youk's had back problems of late and has missed 142 games the last three seasons. Young has missed 14.
The money difference would be staggering, as the Phils would only be on the hook for a sliver of Young's 2013 money, whereas Youkilis figures to cost at least $16 million over two seasons.