Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the talks between Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and Ruben Amaro Jr. were “advanced” last night.
“The Rangers were in advanced talks with Philadelphia about a deal for the 36-year-old Young that would include the Rangers eating more than half of his remaining $16 million in salary. The Rangers would likely receive a young major league reliever along with a lower-level prospect.”
Young hit .277 with eight homeruns and 67 RBI last year. He is one year removed from hitting .338 with 11 homeruns and 106 RBI in 2011. Young has one year remaining on his five year, $80 million contract. With the Rangers picking up more than half of the $16 million he is owed, the Phillies get what appears to be a bargain at third base. A player that could be headed to Texas in exchange for Young is Justin De Fratus. De Fratus, 25, allowed five runs, four earned, in 10.2 innings with the Phillies last year.
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