By Kevin K
Yesterday on our Facebook page we posted that Jerry Crasnick of ESPN said that three MLB sources told him that the Phillies had "brief" discussionswith the Rangers regarding 3B Michael Young. But, his report also says that the talks didn’t really go anywhere and that they are no longer active.
Young, a third baseman who has played some at first, has demanded a trade out of Texas saying that he was "manipulated and misled" by the team. Young has a no-trade clause and has a list of possible teams that he'll except a trade to; including, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers and Angels, San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins, Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals.
Yes the Phillies are not on Young's list; however, he said he might be willing to go to a team that isn't currently on the list.
Michael Young, 34, batted .284 last year with 21 home runs and 91 RBI.
Young is due to make $48 Million over the next three years and it doesn't look like the Phillies would have enough payroll to acquire him.
The rumor was that the Phillies would trade Joe Blanton (due $17 Million in the next two season) and Placido Polanco (due $5.16 Million this season). Polanco is 35 (one year older than Young), batted .298 last year with 6 HR and 52 RBI. Polanco, along with Ruiz, was the most consistent bat for the Phillies during the 2010 season,
Polanco's name came up only because he plays the same position as Young.
I do not see this trade happening, however, I did not see the Phillies re-signing Cliff Lee either.
Only time will tell.