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Rosenthal: Michael Young Trade Could Be Completed Monday

The Texas Rangers look like they might be on the verge of dealing Michael Young.

Yesterday, Buster Olney reported that the Rangers were still looking into trading Young and that the Rockies were the team of interest. Today, Ken Rosenthal is reporting that a trade could be completed as early as Monday:

The Rangers again are discussing a trade of Young to the Rockies – and according to one source, the talks have reached an advanced stage, and a deal could be in place as soon as Monday.

While the Rangers are not talking to any other club about Young, other sources paint a less optimistic picture of the discussions, saying the Rockies are confused by the Rangers’ “mixed messages.”

The Rockies, those sources say, would like Young to be their second baseman, but still are not convinced that the Rangers want to move him.

The Rangers, though, might be reaching a point of no return with Young, who publicly has said he does not want to be traded, but privately has told the club he is unhappy with his reduced role, sources say.

There are plenty of hurdles to clear, of course. It’s unknown how much money the Rangers would be expected to cover of Young’s salary. Young is owed sixteen million dollars in each of the next three seasons – something his on-field play simply won’t justify.

Even if a trade isn’t as imminent as one of Rosenthal’s sources, it is pretty evident that the Rangers are currently serious about trading Young.

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