MLB trade rumors: Rangers, Phillies discuss Michael Young deal

Jim McIsaac

The Rangers could reportedly be very close to dealing infield mainstay Michael Young to the Phillies as baseball's winter meetings wrapped up this week.

The Texas Rangers could be parting with one of the mainstays on their roster, as Jim Salisbury from CSNPhilly.com reported on Thursday that the Philadelphia Phillies have a strong interest in infielder Michael Young.

The 36-year-old Young, according to the report, holds a no-trade clause in his contract with the Rangers, which could be a potential snag in any deal. But the Phillies, who need a third baseman, will leave Major League Baseball's winter meetings after engaging in "advanced" discussions with Texas about their 12-year veteran.

Young, a six-time All Star, has played all four positions across the infield and holds a .301 career batting average. He also won a Gold Glove in 2008 and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2006 All-Star Game.

Last season was probably Young's least productive since 2002, as he hit .277 with eight home runs and 67 RBI in 156 games with the Rangers. His on-base percentage of .312 was also his lowest since his mark of .308 in 2002.

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