Rangers, Rockies Deal Involving Young Dead
Multiple sources have now confirmed the Rangers and Rockies talked about a trade for star third baseman Michael Young late last night at the Winter Meetings.
What is unclear at this point is how serious things actually got with some sources saying it was just talk while others claim the players coming back to Texas were "a non-issue."
The Rangers did not initiate these talks, the Rockies called them, but the fact things got so far are an indication Rangers GM Jon Daniels is determined to improve a club that fell just short of a World Championship in 2010.
For what it's worth Young was very much aware of the Rangers talks with the Rockies telling Bob Nightengale of USA Today he would approve a trade to the Rockies.
Indication late last night suggested this would have been a salary dump by the Rangers with not much of a return in players for the Rangers, a deal they are lucky didn't go through if that's the case.
If you're going to deal the heart and soul of the franchise then you better get a nice return back in players and I'm not talking about fan backlash here either.
I'm talking about the players left in that clubhouse who played their hearts out for Young down the stretch to get the face of the franchise into the playoffs for the first time in his career.
To a man they all said how happy they were to get it done for Michael, not for themselves, but for Michael.
Their leader and undisputed captain of the Rangers franchise.
For the Rangers sake I hope these talks didn't go beyond the usual chatter and was blown way out of proportion by the media in Colorado as Dallas media never really took off with the story beyond saying talks had occurred.
Either way the phone call to Young saying he was not going to be traded better have included some serious butt kissing by everyone involved because the message sent to the franchise player last night was bad no matter how you look at it.
The Rangers took advantage of Young's professionalism once before and nearly lost him to a trade demand; something they won't be able to get away with many more times.