Young not coming to the Astros
If you’re pumped up about Rangers third baseman Michael Young listing the Astros as one of the teams he would approve being traded to, forget it.
My colleague T.R. Sullivan reported Monday night Young had listed the Cardinals, Yankees, Twins, Astros, Rockies, Dodgers, Angels and Padres as destinations to which he would approve a trade. While Young would like to wind up in Houston, the feeling isn’t mutual.
Not that the Astros don’t like Young’s tools and track record, but Young’s hefty contract would be too much for the Astros to take on. Astros general manager Ed Wade declined to comment on Young, citing a policy of not talking about trades.
Young, who asked the Rangers to trade him, is 34 years old and is due $48 million over the next three years and there’s a ton of deferred money that’s to be paid out with interest over the next few years, so it’s hard to blame the Astros for not exploring a trade with Texas.
Even so, trading for Young would go against everything the Astros have done the last few months. They’re in a mode of adding young players at the expense of older, more pricey players, and picking up a 34-year-old third baseman doesn’t fit that plan.