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.