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Olney: Rangers Continuing To Shop Michael Young

Buster Olney reported today that the Texas Rangers are still looking into trading Michael Young

The Texas Rangers have recently continued to explore a possible trade of Michael Young, according to sources.

Texas had talked extensively with teams at the winter meetings about Young -- Colorado, in particular -- and there was enough groundwork drawn there that a deal could eventually get pushed across the finish line. But it's not a sure thing that a Young deal is going to happen, because both the Rockies and Rangers would need concessions to complete a deal.

This, of course, is driven by Texas' free agent signing of third baseman and defensive whiz Adrian Beltre as well as their trade acquisition of catcher, first baseman and designated hitter Mike Napoli. There simply aren't many at bats to go around right now for Young between being a super-sub around the infield and designated hitter. Further, the salary being paid to Young doesn't justify his current (new) role with the Rangers.

While Young is popular in Texas, a trade does make sense for him at this point in his career - especially if he could move to a friendly hitting park, such as Coors Field. 

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