It is now being reported that the Colorado Rockies have entered into trade discussion with the Texas Rangers for Michael Young:
Multiple sources confirm Rangers talking to Colorado about trading Michael Young, signing FA Adrian Betre to long term deal
Young is owed $48 million dollars over the next three seasons as part of the five-year, $80 million deal he signed in 2007 (a $5 million option was picked up for 2008 as part of the deal). Young is also 34 and would play second base for the Rockies, a position he has not played since 2003.
According to Tracy Ringolsby, the Rockies and Rangers are only in the initial stages of discussion and have not swapped names of players who would be involved. However, the Rangers would be willing to absorb some of the money left on the contract.
Young is a six-time All-Star and a career .30/.347/.448 hitter. He is capable of 20-home run power, hitting a career-high 24 in 2005 and totaling 43 over the last two seasons. If this trade happens and it is done the right way, the Colorado Rockies will have made a strong move to bolster the roster in 2011.