MLB Rumors: Rangers, Phillies Working on a Michael Young Trade
The Texas Rangers are reportedly working on a deal that will send Michael Young and some portion of his $16 million salary in Philadelphia. In return, the Rangers will get either young prospects or bullpen help.
According to ESPN, in order for this trade to go through two things have to happen: 1.) Texas has to agree to pay at least half of Young’s contract and 2.) Young has to approve it because of his 10-5 rights.
Questions surrounding how big of a role he will have on the Rangers next season could serve as the main motivation for Young signing off on this. At 36 he still has something to offer, however, it’s all but a lock that he would see fewer at-bats next year.
Along the same lines, via ESPN: "General manager Jon Daniels didn't comment on Young during his nightly media session on Wednesday, but did say it was a 'possibility' that Young's playing time could be diminished."
Young finished last season with eight home runs and 67 RBIs. His .277 batting average was his lowest in nearly a decade.