Add the Diamondbacks to the list of teams interested in trading for Michael Young. The question, though, remains: Will the Rangers find a suitable deal for their disgruntled infielder?
The Diamondbacks view Young as a possible upgrade over Melvin Mora at third base, but their talks with the Rangers have yet to escalate – and might not, according to major-league sources.
The D-Backs are in a similar position to the Marlins, another team that is pursuing Young but has only limited payroll flexibility.
Like the Marlins, the D-Backs would need the Rangers to pick up a large portion of the $48 million remaining on the final three years of Young’s contract.
Like the Marlins, the D-Backs would need Young’s permission to complete a deal; they are not one of the eight teams that can acquire him without his approval.
The Rockies and Dodgers, two other clubs interested in Young, are not under such restrictions. Young has asked to be traded, but the Rangers are telling teams that they will not move him unless they can improve their club, sources say.
The Rangers also are telling teams that they do not want to include much cash in the deal, a stance that could limit the quality of the players they receive in return.
— Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi