Ruben Amaro Jr. was waiting for more than a taxi cab to the airport in the lobby of the Opryland Hotel on Thursday morning. The Phillies GM was also waiting for Michael Young to make a decision. The Phillies have a deal on the table to acquire the veteran infielder from the Texas Rangers, multiple sources told CSNPhilly.com on Thursday. Two people with knowledge of the situation say the fate of the deal is in Young's hands. The seven-time all-star has full no-trade rights and could make a decision on whether to join the Phillies sometime Thursday. If Young OKs the deal he will become the Phillies' primary third baseman for 2013. Young, 36, is one of the most decorated players in Rangers history. He has spent his entire 12-year career in Texas and has put down roots in the area. He has been the subject of trade talks the past couple of seasons but always made it clear he wanted to stay in Texas. People who know Young say he might be ready to accept a deal because he has become a spare part in Texas and would like a more prominent role with a contending club. Speed-walking his way through the lobby, Amaro declined to speak with reporters as the winter meetings were finishing up Thursday. It is unclear what players the Phillies will send to Texas if the deal goes through. What is clear is that the Rangers will pay a significant chunk, perhaps more than half, of Young's $16 million salary for 2013. The length of Young's contract is attractive to the Phils because they are only looking for a stopgap at the position as prospect Cody Asche continues to develop. The Phils had also pursued free agent Kevin Youkilis, but he's looking for a longterm deal. While waiting for Young's answer, the Phils traded for a centerfielder. They picked up Ben Revere from Minnesota for pitchers Vance Worley and Trevor May. It was a steep price, but the Phils were desperate for a centerfielder.
Phillies' deal for Michael Young in Young's hands
CSN Philly | Dec 7