The Phillies entered the final morning of the winter meetings Thursday with a legitimate trade possibility. Multiple baseball sources tell CSNPhilly.com that the Phils are in serious discussions with the Texas Rangers about a deal for veteran infielder Michael Young. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported that the two teams were in "advanced talks" about Young. If the deal were to be finalized, Young would help fill a hole a third base with Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis also remaining in the mix. The Phils came to the winter meetings with interest in Young, though they realized there would be hurdles in acquiring him. The first hurdle: Young, who has spent his entire 12-year career with Texas, has full no-trade rights and is deeply connected to the area. The second hurdle: He is signed for 2013 at $16 million, a high price for a 36-year-old player considered to be on the decline. There are signs that Young may be ready to waive his no-trade rights as the Rangers are eager to move him and transition to younger players. The Rangers would likely have to eat at least half of Young's 2013 salary to make the deal happen. The Phillies would likely require a physical exam for the deal to go through. If the deal happens, the Phillies would not be getting the same player who made seven all-star teams and won the 2005 American League batting title. Young has hit over .300 seven times, but his production slipped badly in 2012 as he hit .277 with eight homers, 67 RBIs and a .682 OPS. The Phillies would be hoping he could recapture some of the prowess he showed in 2011 when he led the AL with 213 hits while batting .338 with 11 homers, 106 RBIs and an .854 OPS. Young was a shortstop in his prime. He eventually moved to third base and was pushed out of the position by Adrian Beltre in 2011. He has played just 65 games at third the last two seasons and has limited range. He has also played at first and second base.
Phillies in serious talks for 3B Michael Young
CSN Philly | Dec 6