A name that has been floated around, and was the No. 1 player to trade, is third baseman Michael Young. Young, 36, has played well in his first season in Philadelphia but he is worth more to the long-term future of the organization if he is dealt.
Teams like the Red Sox and Yankees have been connected to Young for weeks but a new team might be throwing their name into the mix - the Texas Rangers. Yep, that's right, Young's former team. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that while the Rangers need outfield help, they have also considered a deal to bring Young back to Texas.
Heyman cites that Young has a close relationship with Rangers skipper Ron Washington in addition to being loved in the locker room and by the fans in Texas. If I might add, it also doesn't hurt that the Rangers are paying $10 million of the $16 million he is owed this year. Since they are already paying 63% of his salary, why don't they just pay for the rest and have him back? Plus, while they're at it, the Rangers need help in the outfield so we'll throw in Delmon Young to use in the outfield or as a designated hitter since Lance Berkman is mulling retirement.
The 36 year old third baseman has produced well for the Phillies this season and has been a stabilizing force in the clubhouse too. He is hitting .278/.342/.405 with seven home runs and 31 RBIs. I like Young but I only wish the Phillies had him a few years ago. It is best for the organization if they trade him while his value is high.
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