The on-again, off-again trade talks involving the Rangers’ Michael Young sound like they are on once again. However, would trading Young be in the best interests of the Rangers?
When the Rangers signed Adrian Beltre this off-season to become the new everyday third baseman, the Rangers told Young he would be the new designated hitter (DH) and a super utility player. But at the same time, there were rumors between the Rangers and the Colorado Rockies about a trade including Young. However, those rumors died down after a trade was not able to be completed, and it seemed like the Rangers were ready to move forward with Young as a part of the 2011 team.
Nonetheless, when the Rangers traded for Mike Napoli last week, the talks between the Rangers and Rockies heated up again. It’s not clear who initiated the trade talks, but it seems like the Rangers are keen on trying to trade Young and his massive remaining contract of 3 years and $48 million.
The problem with trying to trade Young is that for any deal to be completed, the Rangers are going to have to pay a significant portion of Young’s remaining salary. Due to Young’s contract and him being 34 years old, the Rangers aren’t going to receive much in return either. Is it really worth it to trade a guy who can still contribute offensively (.284, 21 HRs, 91 RBIs in 2010) and can also play any position on the infield?
The Rangers are not going to get anything close to Young’s face value in return, and if they are still going to have to pay a team a big chunk of his contract, what’s the point? It’s one thing if they can trade Young and not have to fork over much money. In that case it would make a lot of sense for the Rangers to save some salary cap space by trading Young. But that’s just not going to happen.
Granted, $16 million per season is too much money to pay a DH and super utility player. However, Young can still hit, and you can never have too much depth on a baseball team. Second baseman Ian Kinsler only played in 103 games last season, first baseman Mitch Moreland only has 145 career at bats, and shortstop Elvis Andrus is still only 22 years old. What if new catcher Yorvit Torrealba gets hurt and Napoli has to step into the everyday catcher’s role? Young would then be needed to be the everyday DH.
It makes too much sense to keep Michael Young as a member of the Texas Rangers. Keeping Young would allow manager Ron Washington to keep the rest of his infield fresh and give them a day off whenever necessary. The only way I would be in favor of trading Young would be if they could save enough money to sign Josh Hamilton to a long-term contract tomorrow. If that’s not the case, I want to hear Michael Young’s named announced on Opening Day at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington as a member of the Texas Rangers.