By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
Years ago, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Texas Rangers talked about a trade sending Michael Young to Philadelphia.
Now two years later, the Phillies and Rangers are in advanced talks once again. It is not immediately known who the Rangers would get in return.
The Phillies have went into the Winter Meetings looking to acquire a bat. Days ago, they were looking at a trade by sending Cliff Lee to Arizona for Justin Upton before the deal fell through.
Young has spent his entire career with the Rangers over the past 12-years, and is expected to make $16 million next year. The Phillies have to also convince Young to waive his no-trade clause and take less money from the $16 million he is owed.
The Rangers, reportedly, are willing to move him to transition younger players onto the field. The Phillies will try to get the Rangers to pick up half of Young’s hefty salary, as well.
In addition, he would have to pass a physical once a deal is agreed upon for the trade to happen.
If the deal goes go through, he would play third base for the Phillies. Third base is one of their weak positions, as they havent had a power third baseman since Scott Rolen left in 2002.
Freddy Galvis can also fill in for Young when he needs to take a day off. The Phillies are not getting the same Young when he was a 7-time All-Star and won the 2005 American League batting title.
Last season, he had a .277 batting average with 8 home runs and 67 RBI’s. In 2011, he led the American League with 213 hits while hitting .338 with 11 home runs and 106 RBI’s.
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