A day after a report came out that Michael Young would approve a trade to Texas and Texas only, Jim Salisbury and Leslie Gudel were told that the third baseman would also accept a deal to Boston.
OK, that gives the Phillies some more leverage. The problem is that ESPNBoston is reporting that a deal is "doubtful," even after the Red Sox's Tuesday trade of Jose Iglesias for Jake Peavy.
It's looking more and more like Young will stay put before possibly being dealt in August, as Joe Blanton was last year.
In a separate report, CBSSports has it that Chase Utley's contract negotiations (broken by Salisbury) are in the three-year range at $13 million per season. A two-year deal with a third-year vesting option is also a possibility. It's a very easy conclusion to come to, as Utley is coming off a deal that paid him $15 million in each of the past four seasons.
Two years, $26 million with a third-year option would be a good price and a safe commitment for Utley. If his knees fall apart, the Phillies wouldn't have to pay that third year. If his knees hold up, his offense will likely remain at an elite level among second basemen.