UPDATE — According Jon Heyman of CBSSports, the Phillies are moving closer to a deal for Michael Young.
Heyman indicates that the Texas Rangers would need to pay $10 million of the $16 million that is owed to Young.
It sounds as though Young is heavily considering waiving his no-trade clause. Plus, the Rangers want to unload some older players and free up as much salary as possible in order to re-sign Josh Hamilton or land Zack Greinke.
According to Comcast Sportsnet’s Jim Salisbury, multiple sources say that the Phillies are in serious negotiations with the Texas Rangers for third baseman Michael Young.
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News added that the talks are in an advanced stage and working towards a deal.
Young has spent his entire 12-year career with the Rangers and does have a no-trade clause in his contract. The third baseman is also signed for the 2013 season at a $16 million price tag.
It does sound as though Young could waive his no-trade clause because he knows that the Rangers are trying to get younger. If a deal is reached, it’s expected that the Phillies would want to perform a physical on Young before finalizing a trade.
Texas is likely going to have to eat nearly half of Young’s $16 million salary.
In 2012, Young hit .267 with eight home runs and 67 RBIs with a .682 OPS. This is just a year removed from leading the American League in hitting (.338) with 11 home runs and 106 RBIs.
We’ll have more on this story as it develops.